Pella Use of Biometrics for Temperature Scanning Illinois BIPA Class Action

Companies have been using worker biometrics for timekeeping for a number of years now. This case alleges that Pella Corporation took facial scans for a different purpose: so that a third-party vendor could operate a temperature scanner. The facial scans, the complaint alleges, were taken so that the temperature scanner could correctly orient itself to  Read more

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Paychex Biometric Scan Timeclocks Illinois BIPA Settlement

Paychex, Inc. is spending more than $3 million to resolve an Illinois class action alleging that the company violated BIPA, the Biometric Information Privacy Act, an Illinois law governing the collection, storage, and use of biometrics. Paychex collected individuals’ biometrics for timekeeping purposes, through finger, iris, or facial recognition scanning, but the complaint alleged that  Read more

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Heartland Employment Services Finger Scan BIPA Settlement

Heartland Employment Services, LLC is putting up more than $5 million to settle an Illinois class action alleging it violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) when it took scans of workers’ fingers and shared them with its timekeeping vendor. BIPA imposes requirements on private companies that want to collect, store, or use biometrics.  Read more

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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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