Cleaning Company Faces Lawsuit for Fingerprint Scanning

May 16, 2018

Although employing the newest technology is generally a good idea for cleaning businesses, tread carefully when it involves your employees’ privacy. An Illinois cleaning firm is facing a class action lawsuit for violating the state’s Biometic Information Privacy Act (BIPA), Plant Biometrics reports.

An employee of the cleaning firm filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, IL, alleging the defendant gave her biometric data, including her fingerprints, to third parties without her consent. The fingerprint is to be used by the defendant’s punch clock system.

Illinois requires explicit consent before companies can collect their employees’ biometric data, including fingerprints or facial recognition profiles.


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