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An Addendum to the Scariest Hack So Far

Andy Johnson-Laird, President of Johnson-Laird, Inc., was kind enough to offer advice on three security techniques he recommends to detect and deny hackers, such as those we discussed in last week’s blog post....more

MoFo BioMeter, Volume 5, Issue 1

The full-year 2015 BioMeter paints the picture of a strong year for biotechnology, but deeper analysis shows a cautionary trend. The average BioMeter value for the entire year across all transactions reporting up-front...more

PCI Council Reacts Again to Data Security Threats

Responding to the increasingly significant threats to customer payment information, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (‘PCI SSC’) has published an update to its data security standard (‘PCI DSS’). Version...more

CA Court Plays “Tag” – Judge Refuses to Drop Facebook Photo-Tagging Privacy Case

Earlier this month, a judge from the Northern District of California allowed a putative class action suit to proceed against Facebook. In this case, the plaintiffs alleged Facebook collected and stored biometric data of...more

Facebook biometric class action continues in California

A federal district court in California recently rejected Facebook’s request to dismiss a class action lawsuit related to Facebook’s biometric facial recognition database. The case arises from a complaint by Illinois residents...more

Notice of proposed rulemaking, exemption for biometrics database from the grasp of the Privacy Act

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register moving to exempt the FBI’s biometrics database from the notice and consent provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974...more

California Court Refuses to Dismiss Biometric Privacy Suit against Facebook

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently issued what could be a very significant decision on a number of important digital law issues. These include: the enforceability of “clickwrap” as compared...more

Wearables at work: Data privacy and employment law implications

Wearable devices' - such as fitness trackers, wristbands, access cards - are an increasingly popular technology. Market researchers have estimated that some 21 million wearable devices were sold in 2014 (The Economist,14...more

Biometric fingerprinting technology to expand

Using our fingerprints to unlock our smartphones is pretty commonplace at this point. Sweden’s Fingerprint Cards (FPC), a business specializing in biometrics, says that fingerprint identification will become the fastest...more

Shutterfly settles Illinois biometrics case

We previously reported that Shutterfly’s effort to dismiss the proposed biometrics class action case against it was unsuccessful. The proposed class action suit alleged that Shutterfly violated the Illinois Biometric...more

Authenticating Purchases with Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology has rapidly advanced in sophistication and accuracy over the years. Early use of the technology was focused on facial detection in security systems. Since 2014, the federal government has...more

Caution Ahead: Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act Puts Companies in the Crosshairs

Although healthcare entities are exempt from BIPA’s requirements because of HIPAA, they are likely next in line for lawsuits because of their rapid adoption of biometric authentication measures for employees and contractors....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Startup Funding Deals Fall to Lowest Level in Four Years - The Q1 numbers came in this week and they’re not pretty, showing the fewest total venture...more

Google latest defendant in biometrics case

We have been following and reporting on the Facebook and Shutterfly biometrics cases in Illinois and California. Google was recently sued by a potential class in Illinois alleging that it violated the Illinois Biometric...more

Google Is the Latest Online Provider to Face Class Action over Collection of Faceprints

As we have previously written about, there are several ongoing biometric privacy-related lawsuits alleging that facial recognition-based systems of photo tagging violate the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). ...more

Biometrics: A Fingerprint for Privacy Compliance, Part I

In just the last week, the New York State DMV announced an upgrade to facial recognition software to catch identity thieves trying to obtain fraudulent driver’s licenses, and the Scottish Professional Football League was...more

EEOC Loses Another Wellness Case, Part 2 – Beware the ACA Penalties

In my last blog post, I discussed a recent loss by the EEOC in its efforts to limit the ability of employers to require employees to complete health risk assessments (HRAs) or biometric screenings in order to enroll in the...more

Quirky Question #270: A Win for Wellness Plans

Question: Our company offers employees a self-funded and self-insured health plan. We’d now like to implement a wellness program. Can we require employees to complete a health risk assessment which requests personal medical...more

EEOC Loses Another Wellness Case, Part 1

The EEOC has been bringing lawsuits against employers challenging wellness programs. A recent case involved a company that had previously provided a credit to employees enrolled in the health plan who participated in a health...more

Uber Settles Class Action Over “Safe Rides” Fee

Uber announced that it has reached a settlement in two putative class action lawsuits, Philliben v. Uber Technologies, Inc. and Mena v. Uber Technologies, Inc., which alleged that Uber’s labeling of a $1 charge as a “Safe...more

Another Win for Wellness: The Erosion of Voluntary Participation

Consider the following wellness program scenario: A company implements a program that incentivizes employees to take a health risk assessment and undergo biometric screening. The assessment asks questions about the...more

Judgment Day Dooms Employer: No New Trial In EEOC Case After Finding Of Failure To Accommodate Anti-Christ Fears

In EEOC v. Consol Energy, Inc., Case No. 13-CV-215 (N. D. W.Va. Feb. 9, 2015), the EEOC brought a religious discrimination suit on behalf of an employee against his coal mining employer defendants, parent company Consol...more

What Employers Should Consider Before Switching to Fingerprint-based Time Clocks, Padlocks and Access Points

Several companies now offer time and attendance solutions that incorporate the use of fingerprint identification technology and purport to eliminate “buddy punching” for hourly employees. In addition to time and attendance...more

Fingerprint Identification Technology

Fingerprint identification technology uses fingerprints to uniquely identify individuals. The technology has been used by law enforcement agencies for decades, and dozens of statutes regulate when government agencies may...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 2/12/16

Amazon adjusts its TOS to account for a zombie apocalypse; Apple and Facebook ponder different roads for VR and its devices; the BBC will scan your face to see how you feel about what you’re viewing; and more…...more

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