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Privacy Tip #68 – Protecting Biometric Information

Breaches of our personal information through hacking of data bases is becoming all too common. A third of Americans’ personal information was compromised in healthcare breaches in 2015. We have become numb to the fact that...more

When Privacy Collides with Emerging Technologies

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

1997’s “Gattaca” has something of a cult following. The story is set in a futuristic society in which genetics determines destiny. The protagonist, of course, overcomes all obstacles through sheer will power, and by...more

Illinois Biometric Privacy Suit over Collection of Fingerprints Settled

Earlier this month, an Illinois state court approved a $1.5 million settlement in a class action against L.A. Tan Enterprises, Inc., operator (directly and through franchisees) of L.A. Tan tanning salons. The settlement...more

Tanning Salon to Pay $1.5 Million for Violations of Illinois Biometric Law

L.A. Tan, a tanning salon chain, will pay $1.5 million to settle violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by obtaining customer fingerprints without their consent and failing to properly inform them...more

Don’t Get Caught By Surprise: NMLS Adds New Requirements in Connection with Renewal

If a company is keeping its Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS) record current, the renewal season should be a relatively painless exercise in fee collection. However, in addition to the normal renewal housekeeping...more

Safe or Good? We All Have Choices to Make

I planned to write about the inspired, better-than-sliced-bread security option of using fingerprint authentication to protect our mobile devices. That imploded. In 2014, and earlier this year, courts in Virginia and...more

There’s No Longer an “App for That” in Austin: Lyft and Uber Pull Out Over Driver Fingerprinting Requirements

Rideshare companies Lyft and Uber announced on May 9 that they were no longer offering their services in Austin, Texas, after voters there rejected a proposed ordinance that would have eliminated fingerprint-based background...more

Lyft, Uber Withdraw From Austin After Defeat at the Ballot Box

by Bryan Cave on

Lyft and Uber announced that they were shutting down operations in Austin following a disappointing defeat in a special election held Saturday, May 7, 2016. The election was held to vote on the TNC-sponsored Proposition 1,...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

The CFTC Announces Final Rule for Alternative to Fingerprinting for Foreign Natural Persons

On March 28, 2016, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved a final rule that will add an alternative method of CFTC registration for foreign natural persons. The CFTC will now accept a registered firm’s...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016

GAO Claims US Financial Services Regulation Still Complex and Fragmented - Last week, the US Government Accountability Office reported that US oversight of financial services entities and products has not meaningfully...more

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

by Bryan Cave on

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

by Bryan Cave on

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

CFTC Proposes Alternative to Fingerprinting Requirement for Foreign Individuals

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed to amend Regulation 3.21 to provide an exemption for the fingerprinting requirements for an individual who is a principal or associated person of a registrant, if such...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

California Highway Patrol seeks to eliminate identity theft in vehicle purchases with proposed new thumbprint requirement

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Every year, millions of dollars are lost by finance companies and dealerships due to fraud and identity theft related crimes. Even worse, due to the lack of accurate personal information on an identity theft suspect,...more

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

by Akerman LLP - Health Law Rx on

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

OPM admits 5.6 million fingerprints stolen during breach

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) reported yesterday that fingerprint data stolen during the breach of almost 22 million Americans’ data is estimated to be 5.6 million instead of the original estimate of 1.1 million....more

En Banc Federal Circuit Upholds ITC’s Broad Definition of Induced Infringement

Earlier this week, an en banc Federal Circuit interpreted the scope of Section 337 of the Tariff Act (19 U.S.C. § 1337), which proscribes importation of "articles that … infringe" a U.S. patent. (Suprema, Inc. v....more

System Glitch Leads To Freeze On US Travel Visas

by Barley Snyder on

Since June 9th a computer glitch has stalled visa processing at U.S. embassies all over the world. The hardware malfunction has kept crucial biometrics information (including fingerprints) from reaching foreign U.S....more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - October 2014

by King & Spalding on

On September 30th, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance concerning the proposed oversight framework for regulating laboratory developed tests....more

Appeals Court Rules Fingerprint Impressions Are Records Of Arrest That Can Be Sealed and Destroyed

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Arrestees Factually Innocent Under Penal Code Section 851.8 Can Have Fingerprints Sealed and Destroyed - Overview: The California Court of Appeal held that fingerprint impressions taken of suspects at the time of their...more

Recent Changes to California Laws - the Healthcare Perspective

Workers’ Compensation Insurance for Professional Athletes - AB 1309; Labor Code §3600.5 - The efforts made by professional athletes seeking workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that they sustained on the...more

New Arizona Physician Fingerprinting Requirements for Renewal and Initial License Applications

by Snell & Wilmer on

As of September 2, 2014, physicians in Arizona applying for initial medical licenses or renewing their medical licenses are required to submit a fingerprint card along with the application to the Arizona Medical Board in...more

Fingerprinting Policy Implementation - Risk to Enrollment Status?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

In March 2011, when CMS published regulations to implement the Medicare enrollment screening provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the requirement for background fingerprint screening was put on hold. In a recent Special...more

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