The Wall Street Journal reports several employers using fingerprint-scanning time clocks are facing lawsuits under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Employees of companies using the devices are accusing their employers of violating the biometric privacy law by failing to obtain their consent and by not having policies in place to inform them about how long their information will be held and the ways it will be destroyed. “The stunning part is this new [biometric time clock] technology comes up and a lot of sophisticated employers and companies are using it and their lawyers aren’t telling them that there’s this statute” they need to be in compliance with, said Jay Edelson, a data privacy litigation attorney. (Registration may be required to access this story.) Editor's Note: Edelson speaks about trends in privacy litigation this March as part of the Privacy Bar Section Forum in Washington, DC.
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