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New Class Action Litigation Risks – What Businesses Need To Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The plaintiffs’ bar has recently brought a flurry of class action lawsuits against businesses under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, commonly known as “BIPA.”...more

Apple X’s Face ID Feature Places Spotlight on Facial Recognition Technology, Raising Numerous Mobile Privacy and Data Usage Issues

This week’s Apple X announcement was not more than a few hours old, and the questions began to come in. Apple’s introduction of Face ID facial recognition on its new phone – although already available in some form on several...more

Employers Increasingly Targets Of Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Lawsuits

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been the law in Illinois since 2008, in the past year, there have been at least 12 class actions filed against employers in Illinois state and federal courts seeking...more

Alice Strikes Again: Patent for Biometric Identification and Verification System Invalidated as Directed to a “Well-Known” Idea...

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting Motion to Dismiss, IQS US, Inc. et al. v. Calsoft Labs, Inc., et al., N.D. Ill. (August 18, 2017) (Judge Joan H. Lefkow) - Late last month, we reported on an Order from the Southern District of Texas...more

Indian Supreme Court Declares the Right to Privacy a Constitutionally-Protected Fundamental Right

In a landmark decision, a nine judge bench of the Supreme Court of India ruled today that privacy is a fundamental right protected by the Constitution of India....more

The Rise of Biometric Lawsuits in Illinois

by Vedder Price on

In the past few weeks, five putative class action lawsuits have been filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq., targeting defendants in the health care, senior living,...more

Company Offers Employees Implanted Microchips

by Fisher Phillips on

In August 2017, Wisconsin technology company, 3 Square Market, may have been the first U.S. company to offer employees the ability to have radio frequency identification device (“RFID”) chips implanted under their skin. The...more

Russian Data Protection Authority Publishes Privacy Policy Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

On 31 July, the Russian data protection authority, Roskomnadzor, issued guidance for data operators on the drafting of privacy policies to comply with Russian data protection law. Russia’s 2006 privacy law – Federal Law No....more

Mining company doomed in resurrected 'mark of the beast' lawsuit

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all South Carolina employers) recently decided a religious accommodation case in which a jury awarded a former employee more than half a million dollars. The Equal...more

Washington Joins Growing List Of States With Laws Protecting Biometric Information

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Not to be outdone by the recent attention to biometric information in Illinois, and the Prairie State’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), Washington enacted a biometric data protection statute of its own, HB 1493,...more

Maryland Amends Data Breach Notification Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Maryland General Assembly recently amended the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act to expand the definition of personal information, provide a 45-day timeframe for providing notice of a breach, allow for...more

Religious Accommodations: When Biometric Scanners and the Mark of the Beast Collide

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Increasingly, employers are turning to biometric scanners – usually a fingerprint or hand scanner – to track employees’ working time. This method for clocking in and out is generally more efficient and accurate than...more

Wave of the Future or a Step Too Far? Wisconsin Company Offers Employees Microchip Implants, Employment Issues Abound

While we may now take Tesla’s connected world for granted, one cannot help but wonder what readers thought of his predictions in 1926 when he made the above statements in a magazine interview. It remains to be seen whether a...more

Illinois Class Actions Spark New Attention For Biometric Data Applications

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Capturing the time employees’ work can be a difficult business. In addition to the complexity involved with accurately tracking arrival times, lunch breaks, overtime, etc. across a range of federal and state laws (check out...more

Six Ways to Improve Cybersecurity Policies and Procedures

The SEC has declared cybersecurity to be an examination priority for financial institutions (i.e., broker-dealers, investment advisers, and registered investment companies) in each of the past four years. While the SEC’s...more

Washington’s New Biometric Privacy Law: What Businesses Need to Know

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With the rise in hackings and data breaches, companies and government agencies are looking for ways to protect their data that offer more security than passwords. Because passwords are easily lost, stolen, guessed, and...more

Be Careful When Using Biometric Information

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

While not strictly speaking a wage and hour issue, here is a heads-up to any employers that use timekeeping systems featuring biometric security, like a thumbprint or fingerprint scanner... ...more

Biometrics And “The Mark Of The Beast”: Dealing With Employee Accommodation Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

Employers are increasingly using biometric data such as facial characteristics, hand geometry, retina/iris scans, fingerprints and voiceprints in the workplace. Biometric data can be used to establish records of employee...more

The Protection of Biometric Information

As states develop new laws directed at the security of biometric identifiers, such as fingerprints and retina scans, institutions of higher education are likely to face a host of new compliance requirements and increased...more

Biometric Attendance Scanner or “Mark of the Beast”?: How an Employee’s Unusual Religious Belief Cost the Employer $600,000.

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent case from the Fourth Circuit illustrates the risks for employers posed by the obligation to reasonably accommodate religious objections to workplace rules and practices under Title VII. How should an employer handle...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With politics swirling around in the background, the AT&T/Time Warner mega-merger is still up in the air, with DOJ antitrust officials still working away (8 months after the deal was announced) to determine whether...more

Fenwick Privacy Bulletin - Summer 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In This Issue - Ransomware Advisory - The WannaCry ransomware attack that began on May 12 infected 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries within a few days. The scope of the attack was unprecedented—which is just one...more

Higher Education Highlights - Summer 2017

Professor Deprived of Due Process Through Salary Reduction - Due process with respect to an employee’s property interest in employment is a vitally important consideration at public institutions, and, as a recent case...more

Zap! It’s the Devil – No Really: Accommodating Religious Beliefs

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Imagine that in order to increase time and attendance record accuracy and efficiency, you have invested in a new biometric time clock system. This makes good business sense and overall, it is a straightforward issue…until HR...more

Failure To Accommodate Sincere Religious Beliefs Can Be A Costly Mistake For Employers

Last week, in the case of EEOC v. Consul Energy, Inc., the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $586,860 judgment for a coal miner who claimed that his employer (Consul Energy) failed to accommodate his religious beliefs and...more

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