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Taking/Storing/Using Biometric Data

Home Depot Store Exterior

Illinois has a fairly simple Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), considering the risks involved in collecting and storing biometrics. Even so, the complaint for this class action alleges that the Home Depot, Inc. did not follow the requirements of BIPA in collecting and storing biometric information—no, not the information of its employees but of its customers. 

Fingerprint Being Scanned

Companies are beginning to use biometric identifiers for employees in place of cards, key fobs, or other identification methods. Illinois is one of the few states that has even begun to wrestle with the privacy and security issues this raises. The complaint for this class action alleges that PAR Technology Corp. has violated Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Fingerprint Scan

LCS Communications, Inc. and Fairrington, LLC are settling a class action alleging that they did not follow Illinois law when taking palm, hand, or finger scans for timekeeping purposes. The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act sets rules that must be obeyed when a company must provide when collecting, storing, and sharing biometric information.

Fingerprint Scan

If someone steals your credit card or debit card number, you can cancel the card and get a new one. But what can you do if someone steals your fingerprints? Only a few states have laws on biometric data collection. The complaint for this class action alleges that Schenker, Inc. violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Hand Scan

Illinois is one of the few states that has passed a Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), beginning to regulate the collection and storage of biometric data. The complaint for this class action alleges that Superior Health Linens, LLC (SHL) and Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) have violated that law in the collection of data for SHL employees.

Zayo Group Sign on Building

Zayo Group, LLC is settling a class action alleging that it violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The complaint alleged that Zayo required visitors to its colocations and other facilities in Illinois to give the company a scan of their hand, palm, or finger, without first giving them the disclosures or obtaining the consent required by the law. 

Lobby of Kronos Incorporated

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). 

NFI Trucks

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. 

White Castle Food

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.

Palm Scanning Diagram

The state of Illinois has a Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) to govern the collection, storage, and use of biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints and palm scans. The complaint for this class action alleges that the OHM Concession Group, LLC and OHM Chicago, LLC, along with the biometric companies they employ, have violated BIPA by misusing individuals’ biometric information.

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