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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

Biometrics Institute issued new privacy guidelines

The Biometrics Institute issued new privacy guidelines for the collection and safeguarding of biometric data, such as fingerprints and iris scans. The guidelines contain 16 principles that should be considered when collecting...more

Shutterfly requests reconsideration of denial of motion to dismiss in biometrics case

We previously reported that Shutterfly Inc. was unsuccessful in persuading an Illinois federal judge to dismiss the biometrics case against it. Last week, Shutterfly moved for reconsideration of the denial, basing the...more

New Guidelines on Collecting Biometric Data Help Businesses Stay Ahead of the Game

The amount of data collected worldwide is rapidly proliferating, and one international organization wants to make sure it’s clear how to protect what is arguably the most sensitive category of that data: biometrics....more

Tag, You’re It: Biometric Information Privacy Act Class Action Against Shutterfly Moves Past 12(b)(6)

Over the last six months, at least four putative class actions have been filed under the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”)—an obscure Illinois statute passed about seven years ago to regulate the collection and use...more

Facebook biometric case dismissed

We previously reported about a proposed class action suit against Facebook for the alleged violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. Facebook moved to dismiss the case for lack of personal jurisdiction....more

Shutterfly and Facebook fighting biometrics suits in Illinois

Friday was a busy day in Illinois with arguments over the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. We previously reported that the first known biometric case has been given the green light to proceed. The case alleges that...more

Shutterfly biometrics case proceeds in Illinois

In what is being described as the first case in the U.S. regarding a state biometric privacy statute, a proposed class was successful in thwarting a motion to dismiss by Shutterfly last week over its alleged practice of...more

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