Why This Privacy Law is Important:
Albertson's, which owns a chain of grocery stores in Chicago, argues that the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act should be considered special legislation prohibited by the state's constitution, because it applies to some companies while improperly leaving others out.
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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