Biometric Fingerprint Violations
Sunrise Senior Living Management, Inc. has agreed to a settlement in a case alleging it violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
The complaint for this class action claims that Southwest Airlines has violated Illinois laws by taking and storing the fingerprints of its employees. Fingerprints are a biometric identifier, and the complaint claims that Southwest has not complied with Illinois’s Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA), which regulates the collection, use, and retention of biometric information.
The complaint for this class action alleges that a hotel chain did not follow Illinois regulations for the taking, retention, and use of “biometric data.” The complaint claims that the hotel was using employee fingerprint scans as a means of clocking in and out, but did not observe regulations on such things as informing employees, obtaining releases, and having proper retention and destruction policies.
The plaintiff in this lawsuit alleges that L.A. Tan violated an Illinois law called the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) by collecting Illinois customers’ fingerprints without obtaining their informed written consent. The plaintiff also alleges that the defendant violated the BIPA in other ways, and that the defendant violated other legal rights of hers through the same conduct.