Biometric Security Brings Benefits to Companies, But Also Legal Concerns

Gillian G. Lindsay

Ian Fisher and Gillian Lindsay co-authored this article for BizTech Magazine on the benefits and risks of using biometric data in the workplace. 

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Use cases for biometric data are expanding in ways both fascinating and frightening. Today, employers use fingerprints to track employees’ hours, retail stores implement facial scans to identify troublesome customers, and office buildings are equipped with biometric security access.

The use of biometrics, however, brings significant legal risk as states implement and enforce laws seeking to protect individuals’ privacy. For example, Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act creates a private right of action, and violations can carry significant statutory damages. BIPA claims are often combined in class actions, exponentially increasing financial risk.


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