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Netradyne Driveri Monitoring of Drivers’ Biometrics Illinois Class Action

Netradyne, Inc. offers video analytics and software—specifically, it allows transportation companies to install its products and track its drivers. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that Netradyne collects, uses, and stores drivers’ biometrics, including in Illinois, without fulfilling the requirements of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

The class for this action is all residents of Illinois who had their biometrics collected, captured, received, or otherwise obtained by Netradyne while they were living in Illinois.

Biometrics are different from other forms of identifying information in that they cannot be canceled and replaced. If a person’s credit card number is stolen, the bank can issue a new credit card with a different number; but if a person’s fingerprints are stolen, it is not possible to obtain new fingers with different prints. For this reason, Illinois has laid some ground rules in BIPA for businesses that wish to collect, store, or use biometrics.

Netradyne’s main product is called Driveri. The complaint describes it as “a multi-camera hardware device that is mounted on the windshield or dash of a vehicle” to “capture video and assess it with vision[-]based artificial intelligence.”

The complaint alleges that it takes “scans of the driver’s face geometry and analyzes them to detect specific types of driver behavior—such as distracted or drowsy driving. The camera then uses its built-in cellular data link to upload the video, biometrics, and other incident data … to Netradyne’s servers for storage.” The company, who is Netradyne’s client, has login credentials that allow it to review the stored data on Netradyne’s servers, the complaint claims.

The complaint alleges that Netradyne has failed to fulfill the following requirements of BIPA:

  • It has failed to have a publicly-available retention schedule and guidelines to eventually destroy the biometrics collected.
  • It has failed to inform drivers that their biometrics would be collected and stored.
  • It has failed to tell drivers of the purpose and length of time for which their biometrics would be collected and stored.
  • It has failed to get written releases from the drivers.

According to the complaint, “[u]ploading this data so that the users can access it using the Netradyne customer portal is a core feature of Netradyne’s product. However, this feature also provides Netradyne with access to the information for its own purposes.”

In particular, the complaint claims that Netradyne’s system exposes the drivers to privacy risks: “If the server is breached by an unauthorized third party, drivers’ biometrics could be used to steal their identities or to track them without authorization.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Privacy

Most Recent Case Event

Netradyne Driveri Monitoring of Drivers’ Biometrics Illinois Complaint

February 10, 2022

Netradyne, Inc. offers video analytics and software—specifically, it allows transportation companies to install its products and track its drivers. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that Netradyne collects, uses, and stores drivers’ biometrics, including in Illinois, without fulfilling the requirements of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Netradyne Driveri Monitoring of Drivers’ Biometrics Illinois Complaint

Case Event History

Netradyne Driveri Monitoring of Drivers’ Biometrics Illinois Complaint

February 10, 2022

Netradyne, Inc. offers video analytics and software—specifically, it allows transportation companies to install its products and track its drivers. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that Netradyne collects, uses, and stores drivers’ biometrics, including in Illinois, without fulfilling the requirements of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Netradyne Driveri Monitoring of Drivers’ Biometrics Illinois Complaint
Tags: BIPA, Taking/Storing/Using Biometric Data, Your Privacy