An Illinois nursing home is facing a putative class action lawsuit filed by a worker who argues that the facility’s required fingerprint scan for timekeeping poses a threat to their privacy, and violates Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). From July 2017 to October 2017, at least 26 employment class actions based on the BIPA have been filed in Illinois state court and show no sign of slowing.
Although some consider Illinois the leader in biometric data protection, other states have enacted laws similar to the BIPA, and still others are considering such legislation. Companies that want to implement technology that uses employee or customer biometric information (for timekeeping, physical security, validating transactions, or other purposes) need to be prepared. For more information on the nursing home case and advise on how to prepare when collecting biometric information, our comprehensive article is available here.
Below are additional resources to help navigate biometric information protection laws: