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Armada Warehouse Fingerprint Timekeeping Illinois BIPA Class Action

Illinois is one of the few states to make a start in regulating the collection, storage, and use of biometric information. Its Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) sets certain requirements before private companies can collect and use biometric information. The complaint for this class action alleges that Armada Warehouse Solutions, LLC required employees to clock in and out using fingerprint scans on a biometric timeclock, but did not fulfill the requirements of BIPA.

The class for this action is all persons who were enrolled in the biometric timekeeping system and subsequently used a biometric timeclock while employed/working for Armada in Illinois during the applicable statutory period.

Biometrics are different from other kinds of personal information. If your credit card number is stolen, you can cancel that card and get another. But if your fingerprint data is stolen, you cannot get a new set of fingers.

Plaintiff Ashley Norwood worked for Armada in Illinois. The company required him to scan a fingerprint to clock in and out of work, and it used his fingerprints “as an identification and authentication method to track his time, potentially with the help of a third-party vendor.

BIPA sets certain requirements that private companies like Armada must fulfill before collection, storing or using biometric information. According to the complaint, these include the following:

  • To inform the subject in writing of the specific purpose and length of time for which the biometrics are being collected and used.
  • To obtain a written release from the subject to collect, store, disseminate, or use the biometrics.
  • To obtain written consent from the subject to disclose, redisclose, or otherwise disseminate the biometric information to a third party.
  • To establish a publicly-available retention schedule and guidelines for the permanent destruction of the biometric information.

The complaint alleges that Armada did not do any of these things before taking its employees biometrics and using them for timekeeping purposes. Also, the complaint says, “on information and belief” Armada does not have any written policy that is available to the public that discloses its retention schedule or plans for permanently destroying the information according to the requirements of BIPA.

The complaint alleges, “Upon information and belief, Plaintiff and Class members may be aggrieved because [Armada] may have improperly disclosed employees’ biometrics to third-party vendors in violation of BIPA.” They are also aggrieved, it says, by Armada’s “failure to destroy their biometric data when the initial purpose for collecting or obtaining such data has been satisfied or within three years of employees’ last interactions with the company.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Privacy

Most Recent Case Event

Armada Warehouse Fingerprint Timekeeping Illinois BIPA Complaint

February 18, 2021

Illinois is one of the few states to make a start in regulating the collection, storage, and use of biometric information. Its Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) sets certain requirements before private companies can collect and use biometric information. The complaint for this class action alleges that Armada Warehouse Solutions, LLC required employees to clock in and out using fingerprint scans on a biometric timeclock, but did not fulfill the requirements of BIPA.

Armada Warehouse Fingerprint Timekeeping Illinois BIPA Complaint

Case Event History

Armada Warehouse Fingerprint Timekeeping Illinois BIPA Complaint

February 18, 2021

Illinois is one of the few states to make a start in regulating the collection, storage, and use of biometric information. Its Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) sets certain requirements before private companies can collect and use biometric information. The complaint for this class action alleges that Armada Warehouse Solutions, LLC required employees to clock in and out using fingerprint scans on a biometric timeclock, but did not fulfill the requirements of BIPA.

Armada Warehouse Fingerprint Timekeeping Illinois BIPA Complaint
Tags: BIPA, Biometric Data, Taking/Storing/Using Biometric Data, Your Privacy