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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

District Court to EEOC: Leave Wellness Enough Alone

A Wisconsin federal district court dismissed (with prejudice) a complaint by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that a company’s wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC...more

UPDATE – What's On the Horizon for Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs and the EEOC in 2016?

In this December 18, 2015, article, we discussed employer-sponsored wellness programs and the EEOC's apparent apprehension of them. The article referenced the EEOC's lawsuit against plastics manufacturer Flambeau, Inc. in...more

Changes to the Visa Waiver Program Become Law

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016” (H.R. 2029) into law. The law includes several important changes to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) that are fundamentally identical to...more

Early Ruling in Putative Biometrics Class Action May Provoke More Lawsuits

In recent years, a new genre of privacy litigation has emerged involving biometrics. Generally, biometrics consists of biological data that can be used to identify a person, such as retina and iris scans, fingerprints,...more

Password authentications should become more obsolete

The username/password method of authentication is dying, albeit slower than many of us would like. In 2016, we should see a continued trend of replacing password authentication as the primary method for navigating through...more

Political Agreement on European Data Protection Regulation

A political compromise has been reached on the new European Data Protection Regulation. On December 15, 2015, the negotiators in the so-called “informal trilogue” between the Council, the Parliament and the European...more

House Passes Bill Enhancing Security of Visa Waiver Program in Wake of Paris Terror Attacks

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, to tighten security measures and impose new restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP...more

Issues to Consider When Using Biometric Scanners to Track Attendance

Many employers now track employee attendance by using biometric scanners that require an employee to clock in and out by scanning a fingerprint or a palmprint. Such scanners have largely replaced paper timesheets and have...more

Illinois finds itself at forefront of facial-recognition litigation

Illinois is leading the way in regulating facial-recognition technology — it is one of only two states (the other Texas) that has passed laws covering the collection and use of biometric information. Illinois also is...more

Tagging Trouble: Forays into the Regulation of Biometric Data

We leave breadcrumbs of biometric information scattered around our daily lives, which may be collected and used by private entities, often without our knowledge or consent. The sound of your voice when you call your bank’s...more

Biometrics: Facebook Files Motion to Dismiss Privacy Suit over Facial Recognition Technology

As discussed in a previous post on facial recognition technology, a putative class action has been filed against Facebook over the collection of “faceprints” for its online photo tagging function, Tag Suggestions. (See e.g.,...more

“My, what beautiful eyes you have . . .” – Biometric Data and Privacy

Biometric data – obviously not in just the movies anymore. It is alive, well, and increasingly being used in our everyday society. But, on September 23, 2015, when the Office of Personnel Management revealed that fingerprint...more

District Court Rules That Smartphone Passcodes Are Testimonial; Protected by Fifth Amendment

In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to disclose their personal passcodes for company-issued smartphones to government...more

HHS Issues Proposed Rule That Would Revise the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

Proposals are Intended to Enhance Protections for Higher Risk Clinical Research and Privacy Safeguards, including Uses of Biospecimens and Identifiable Private Information - On September 8, 2015, the Department of Health...more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #4

No matter how many times employment lawyers say that the ADA may require employers to provide more leave than the FMLA’s 12 week allotment, some just don’t get the message. Last week, the EEOC announced a $300,000 settlement...more

Does Facebook’s collection of photos violate privacy laws?

An Illinois man recently filed a proposed federal class action alleging that Facebook violates state law protecting the privacy of biometric data through its alleged collection of facial recognition data from over a billion...more

Court Awards Over Half Million Dollars Against Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal In EEOC Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

Mining Companies Forced Evangelical Christian to Retire Over Biometric Hand Scanning Violating Title VII, Jury Found Earlier - PITTSBURGH - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has won a victory in...more

Hong Kong Commissioner upgrades rules for processing biometric data

The Hong Kong Commissioner has published guidance (‘Guidance’) to assist data users in complying with Hong Kong’s privacy laws when processing biometric data, and takes a broader approach than previous guidance dealing with...more

August 2015 Update on Significant DOT, FAA and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses DOT’s launch of an investigation of alleged price gouging by airlines following Amtrak train service disruption in the Northeast Corridor, the agency’s...more

Mobile Health Devices and Cybersecurity: Federal Guidance for Management of Threats in Medical Devices

New Technology = New Threats - With new technology comes new security concerns. But when that new technology is in the medical field, the cybersecurity vulnerabilities can be particularly devastating. The...more

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