Biometric Fingerprint Violations
It seems that biometric information is being used by some companies for ordinary timekeeping purposes. Kronos Incorporated, a company that provides HR, payroll, timekeeping, tax, and compliance services, uses biometric information in providing its services to employers. But the complaint for this class action alleges that when it does so, Kronos does not obey Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
If your credit card number is stolen, you can cancel the card and get a new one with a new number. However, if your fingerprints are stolen, you can’t cancel them and get a new set. The complaint for this class action alleges that NFI, LLC and Kronos, Inc. are recording and storing the biometric data of NFI’s employees but not obeying the provisions of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), thus putting employees’ personal information at risk.
The many data breaches suffered by companies, from restaurants to retailers to credit reporting agencies, show that it’s difficult to keep personal information private. That concern is magnified when the information companies store includes biometric data, such as fingerprints or palm scans. The complaint for this class action alleges that White Castle System, Inc. and Cross Match Technologies, Inc. have not followed Illinois law on the collection, use, storage, and disclosure of biometrics.
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.