Why This Privacy Law is Important:
On June 12, 2020 U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso granted preliminary approval to the settlement between the owners of the Corner Bakery Café restaurant chain and a group of more than 4,000 restaurant workers.
Corner Bakery Café has been accused of violating BIPA for requiring workers to scan their fingerprints when punching in and out of work shifts, without first securing authorization. BIPA (Biometric Information Privacy Act) was first introduced by Illinois in 2008 and requires informed consent of the collection of biometric data prior to collection, prohibits companies from profiting from biometric data, permits only a limited right to disclose data, mandates protection obligations and retention guidelines and creates a private right of action for any individuals harmed by violators of BIPA.
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