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 the increasing use and capture of biometric identifiers, such as iris scans, fingerprints, and voiceprints. It aims to stop companies from illegally profiting from possession of these biometric identifiers and information from unsuspecting individuals.
Biometric identifiers and information are unlike other unique identifiers because they are biologically unique to the individual and cannot be changed. For example, a person cannot change their fingerprint or eye composition. 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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