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Legal Challenge to Biometric Surveillance Gets Underway in UK

Legal Challenge to Biometric Surveillance Gets Underway in UK

“The hearings, held at a court in Cardiff, heard from South Wales Police barrister Jeremy Johnson QC, who explained that the facial recognition technology only looks for matches against police watch lists, and that if no match is found for a given subject, their biometric data is deleted immediately.” Hearings are now underway in the…

Police Sought Warrant to Force Michael Cohen to Unlock iPhone with Fingerprint, Face Scans

Police Sought Warrant to Force Michael Cohen to Unlock iPhone with Fingerprint, Face Scans

The legal debate over whether police can compel criminal suspects to unlock their smartphones with biometrics has reached its highest profile yet, with the news that FBI investigators sought permission to use Michael Cohen’s fingerprints or face to unlock his iPhone. Cohen has been near the center of the ongoing investigation into possible campaign violations…

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 Law Office Adds Two Biometric Specialists to Corporate Litigation Team

Illinois Law Office Adds Two Biometric Specialists to Corporate Litigation Team

Shook, Hardy, and Bacon has added two biometrics specialists to its corporate litigation team in Illinois. The law office has announced that attorneys Melissa Siebert (a new Partner) and Erin Bolan Hines (Of Counsel) will be handling complex biometrics lawsuits as members of the firm’s Business Litigation, Employment and Privacy and Data Security Practices department.…

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Long Reach of Biometrics Privacy Law

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Long Reach of Biometrics Privacy Law

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued its ruling on a pivotal case concerning the state’s biometric privacy law, with a unanimous decision upholding its broad scope. The case, Rosenbach v. Six Flags, was brought forward by the mother whose son was, at the age of 14, fingerprinted at the Six Flags amusement park as part…

Police Can’t Force Biometric Smartphone Unlock, Rules California Judge

Police Can’t Force Biometric Smartphone Unlock, Rules California Judge

“Thanks to the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, criminal suspects can’t be compelled to divulge their passcodes for unlocking their phones; but some have argued that biometric scans are not information, and therefore can’t be subject to the same limitation.” Another judge has weighed in on the issue of whether police have the right to…

Agreeing to Greater Transparency, Northern Ireland Police Settle Biometrics Complaint

Agreeing to Greater Transparency, Northern Ireland Police Settle Biometrics Complaint

Following a high-profile human rights complaint, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has committed to establishing and publishing a formal policy concerning its retention of biometric data from criminals. The case was brought forward by the country’s Human Rights Commission in support of a claim from an anonymous individual whose fingerprint and DNA data were…

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Get Aadhaar Back on Track with Legislation Amendments

Indian Gov’t Seeks to Get Aadhaar Back on Track with Legislation Amendments

“Even if government authorities can’t make Aadhaar authentication mandatory, they can still accept it from citizens who prefer to use it.” Just a few months after a Supreme Court ruling laid out restrictions to how India’s national biometric ID program can be used, the national government has amended legislation governing the Aadhaar program to make…

Chicago Judge Dismisses BIPA Case Over Lack of ‘Concrete Injuries’

Chicago Judge Dismisses BIPA Case Over Lack of ‘Concrete Injuries’

A lawsuit against Google based on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, has been dismissed by a district court judge – but that doesn’t mean the case is closed for good. The case was launched in 2016 by a woman who unwittingly had her imaged captured by a Google Photos user in 11…

Pivotal Biometrics Lawsuit Gets Underway Before Illinois Supreme Court

Pivotal Biometrics Lawsuit Gets Underway Before Illinois Supreme Court

A case that could ultimately defang Illinois’ biometric privacy law is now underway before the state’s Supreme Court. It revolves around the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, a law passed back in 2008 that essentially requires organizations to obtain informed consent from individuals before collecting their biometric data. The biometric revolution in consumer…