Shutterfly Facial Recognition Illinois BIPA Settlement

Shutterfly, Inc. is paying $6.75 million to settle a class action alleging it used facial recognition software to scan faces in photos posted by users, for a process called Face Grouping, thereby violating Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). BIPA requires certain things of private businesses who wish to take, collect, store, or use biometrics,  Read more

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Amazon Photos Unlawful Facial Scans Illinois BIPA Class Action

Biometric information is unique to each individual and cannot be replaced if it is compromised or stolen. In Illinois, the Biometric Information and Privacy Act (BIPA) attempts to regulate the collection and use of biometrics by private entities, but the complaint for this class action claims that Amazon.com, Inc. does not obey the law. The  Read more

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Six Flags Finger Scanning BIPA Settlement

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation and Great America, LLC are surrendering $36 million to settle a class action alleging it had had members and season pass holders scan their fingers at the entry to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. The complaint alleged that the company required this of certain visitors without first fulfilling the  Read more

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DePaul University Online Exams and Biometrics BIPA Class Action

DePaul University has some 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students, on its Chicago campus and in online learning programs. For some of the courses offered, DePaul requires that students take exams via a remoted proctoring tool, Respondus Monitor. The complaint for this class action alleges that Respondus collects biometric information from students, without their full awareness  Read more

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McDonald’s Taking Voiceprints at Drive-Throughs Illinois BIPA Class Action

How would you feel if you knew that, when you placed an order at a fast-food drive-up window, the fast-food company was recording your voice and voiceprint for future use in its artificial intelligence (AI) systems? The complaint for this class action alleges that’s what McDonald’s Corporation does when you order in some locations, and  Read more


Google G Suite for Education Collects Children’s Biometrics BIPA Class Action

The complaint for this class action notes that Google, Inc. has “provid[ed] access to its ‘ChromeBook’ laptops … to over half of the nation’s school children…” A good deed? The complaint suggests that it may not be. While the children are using Google’s G Suite for Education software, which is installed on each of the  Read more

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Examity Proctoring Company Collects Biometrics Illinois BIPA Class Action

Examity, Inc. owns an online proctoring system that allows students to take exams remotely. The problem is, the complaint for this class action alleges, that in the process, Examity collects biometric information but does not meet the requirements of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).  Read more

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Respondus Proctoring Software Uses Student Biometrics BIPA Class Action

Respondus, Inc. offers “online proctoring software” that is meant to allow students to take tests remotely while preventing cheating. However, the complaint for this class action alleges that the company actually “provides sophisticated digital surveillance technologies to third parties” which invade students’ privacy. It also alleges that the company collects “everything from a student’s facial  Read more

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Virtual Beauty Makeovers and Privacy Investigation

Have you used the virtual online beauty makeover apps in beauty-product stores or makeup-testing programs on cosmetic websites? Do you live in Illinois? When these sites obtain an image of you that allows you to try on different cosmetics, they may be taking scans of your features and face.  Illinois has a Biometric Information Privacy  Read more

ProctorU Collection of Biometrics in Violation of BIPA Illinois Class Action

ProctorU, Inc. owns an online proctoring company that collects biometric information. The complaint for this class action alleges the company has collected, stored, and used biometric information from persons in Illinois without fulfilling the requirements of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).  Read more

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