Illinois

Dr. Pepper Employee BIPA Violation Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

Dr. Pepper Employee BIPA Violation Lawsuit Moved to Federal Court

A lawsuit that was filed by an employee against soft drink maker Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc. in Illinois that claims the company violated the state’s biometric privacy laws has been moved to a federal court at the request of the defendant. The plaintiff for the case — Gio Villanueva, an employee of Dr. Pepper in…

New Illinois Law Would Require Fingerprint Check for Gun Ownership

New Illinois Law Would Require Fingerprint Check for Gun Ownership

The Illinois House of Representatives has passed legislation that would require a fingerprint check for anyone looking to obtain a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card or a concealed carry license in the state. The fingerprints would be matched against Illinois police and FBI databases, offering better background checks and making it more difficult for people…

In Wake of BIPA Ruling, Illinois Law Firms Look to Biometrics Specialization

In Wake of BIPA Ruling, Illinois Law Firms Look to Biometrics Specialization

Chicago-based law firm Hahn Loeser & Parks has opened a new Biometric Privacy Practice Group aimed at supporting clients fighting claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. It’s the latest sign of what may be a growing niche in the state’s legal field, after a landmark Illinois Supreme Court ruling in January that clearly…

Illinois Biometrics Law Gets New Ally in Incoming Attorney General

Illinois Biometrics Law Gets New Ally in Incoming Attorney General

Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) has a potentially powerful new defender in the state’s newly-elected Attorney General, Kwame Raoul. The law, passed a decade ago, is aimed at protecting citizens’ privacy rights with respect to their biometric data, with a central component being a requirement that any companies collecting such data obtain clear consent.…

Facebook Granted Delay in Biometric Privacy Trial

Facebook Granted Delay in Biometric Privacy Trial

Facebook’s legal team made a Hail Mary last week to delay its biometric class action lawsuit, and it has now scored a touchdown: A panel of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to review whether the lawsuit really should qualify for class action status. The decision essentially pauses the judicial proceedings…

Facial Recognition Delivers Candid Pics to Illinois Marathon Runners

Facial Recognition Delivers Candid Pics to Illinois Marathon Runners

The latest Illinois Marathon took advantage of biometric technology to help improve runners’ experience. The technology came by way of EnMotive, which describes itself as a timing and race production company. Its EnPhoto platform was used to automatically identify runners’ bibs and faces, and to send personalized alerts to the participants as they finished their…

Another Class Action Suit is Filed Under Illinois Biometrics Law

Another Class Action Suit is Filed Under Illinois Biometrics Law

The latest major lawsuit under Illinois’ biometric privacy law could be taking shape. The lawsuit has been filed by an employee of Scrub, Inc., a Chicago-based cleaning company, and revolves around the company’s use of a fingerprint-based punch clock. According to a report from Cook County Record, the plaintiff, Shavonne Norman, says that Scrub, Inc. did…

Privacy Advocates Defeat Bill Challenging Biometrics Regulation

Privacy Advocates Defeat Bill Challenging Biometrics Regulation

Privacy advocates are warning about the dangers posed by unregulated use of biometric technology in the wake of recent legal maneuvering in the US government. Just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, a bill was introduced into the Illinois General Assembly aimed at altering the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act so that its provisions would only apply…

INTERVIEW: Gerry Bornhofen, President, iTouch Biometrics

Peter O’Neill, president of FindBiometrics, recently interviewed Gerry Bornhofen, president of iTouch Biometrics. The conversation begins with a briefing on the company and its FBI approved Accurate-ID multimodal biometrics software. Discussion then turns to how iTouch has made the user experience so intuitive on its flagship technology, the markets that it is targeting, and the growing need…

Google the Latest to Run Up Against Illinois Biometrics Law

Google the Latest to Run Up Against Illinois Biometrics Law

Google has now fallen into the same legal trap that ensnared Facebook and Shutterfly. The company now faces a lawsuit over alleged violations of Illinois legislation covering biometrics and privacy. The lawsuit pertains to Google’s use of facial recognition with its Google Photos app. A Chicago resident claims that a user took multiple photos of…

Judge Sides With Facebook on Biometrics Issue

Judge Sides With Facebook on Biometrics Issue

Facebook has won an important lawsuit over its collection of biometric data. The case was brought forward by Illinois resident Frederick William Gullen, who cited state legislation requiring that companies obtain individuals’ consent before capturing their biometric data. Gullen’s image was uploaded to the site by a friend, who tagged his name to the picture,…

Shutterfly Seeks Dismissal for Privacy Case

Shutterfly Seeks Dismissal for Privacy Case

A major biometrics lawsuit could soon be thrown out, if a federal judge in Illinois accepts Shutterfly’s argument. The online photo-sharing company is asking that the suit be dismissed as its collection of biometric data clearly does not violate state law. Of course, the judge could disagree. Illinois law essentially requires companies to obtain written…