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When it comes to data and personal privacy, it can be difficult to know your rights. While fingerprints, voice, and face recognition are convenient biometric technologies aiming to increase security, companies need to understand and abide by the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). If your privacy was violated in the workplace under the BIPA, our team will quickly determine if you have a case, and if so, we’ll litigate to the fullest extent to advocate for your rights.

What is the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act?
Passed in 2008, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act dictates that companies need consent to collect any biometric data from employees or customers, such as facial recognition or fingerprints.

How are biometrics used in the workplace?
Technology makes it easier every day to implement biometric measures in the workplace, including for the following purposes:

  • Security access
  • Time management (vs. traditional pin codes or ID cards)
  • Safety
  • Health and wellness plans

Key features of BIPA
The Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14 et seq. (BIPA), has 5 important features regarding use of biometric data:

  • Informed consent prior to collection
  • Permits a limited right to disclosure
  • Mandates protection obligations and retention guidelines
  • Prohibits profiting from biometric data
  • Creates a private right of action for individuals harmed by BIPA violation. Statutory damages can reach $1,000 for each negligent violation, and $5,000 for each intentional or reckless violation

Free Consultation with a Chicago Biometric Privacy Lawyer

If you believe your rights have been violated under BIPA or have questions regarding your biometrics case, contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 458-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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