Potential Violation of Illinois Law
The Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, is an Illinois law designed to protect individuals against the threat of irreparable privacy harms, identity theft, and other economic injuries arising from private entities’ increasing use of biometric identifiers and information, such as iris scans, fingerprints, and voiceprints. It aims to stop companies from illegally profiting from possession of these biometric identifiers and information from unknowing individuals.
Biometric identifiers and information are unlike other unique identifiers because they are biologically unique to the individual and cannot be changed. For example, one cannot change their fingerprint. Once compromised, the individual has no recourse. BIPA protects public welfare, security, and safety by regulating the collection, use, safeguarding, handling, storage, retention, and destruction of biometric identifiers and information.
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