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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

Be Global - July 2015

The UK Government has now published its plans for when radical new transparency in supply chain reporting comes into effect, brought in by the Modern Slavery Act. As from October 2015, assuming timings are kept in the...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #3

Last week, The New York Times reported on Amazon’s “bruising workplace” and described Amazon’s theory that “conflict brings about innovation.” According to the article, Amazon employees are encouraged to criticize each other,...more

The changing faces of facial recognition

The new technology of facial recognition is starting with a smile. But as it develops, people may begin picturing it with a frown, or maybe a furrowed brow....more

Facial Recognition and Privacy

Based upon the way modern computers are designed, there are certain tasks they are much better at performing than humans. It wouldn’t be pedantic to point the fact that’s the purpose of a computer in the first place: to do...more

State Law Roundup: Legislatures Across the U.S. Revamp Data Breach Notification Laws

As the number of highly publicized data breaches continues to skyrocket and proposals for a federal data breach notification law stagnate, state legislatures around the country have been busy amending their own breach...more

Oregon Amends Data Breach Law — Companies Can Expect More Enforcement Actions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law amendments to the state’s data breach law. These amendments recognize the growing definition of data, expand the role of the Attorney General in addressing data breaches,...more

Cybersecurity is once again a hot topic as Illinois undergoes PIPA update

Cybersecurity is a hot topic at both the state and federal level. Specifically, Illinois is in the process of amending its Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). Illinois SB 1833 will amend PIPA by establishing more...more

Blog: States Strengthen Laws Addressing Health Information Handling and Breach Response

Connecticut and Oregon were recently added to the increasing list of states adopting stricter laws addressing the handling of health information and penalties in connection with breaches of health information. Both states...more

Facial Recognition Technology: Social Media and Beyond, an Emerging Concern

This week, a major self-regulatory initiative intended to address privacy concerns associated with facial recognition technology hit a significant stumbling block. Nine consumer advocacy groups withdrew from the National...more

EEOC Guidance: Redesigning Wellness Programs to Comply with the ADA

Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been actively taking legal action against employers over wellness programs that it considers coercive under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), companies...more

Wellness Programs and the EEOC, Part One

On May 29, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services finalized rules regarding wellness programs offered in conjunction with group health...more

Highly Anticipated Proposed EEOC Guidance May Force Design Changes on Existing Wellness Programs

On Monday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") published much anticipated proposed regulations amending Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") regulations on employer wellness programs. Specifically, the...more

EEOC Issues Proposed Regulations on Wellness Programs and the ADA

On April 20, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued highly anticipated proposed regulations addressing the application of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to workplace wellness programs. In...more

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