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Biometric Privacy In The Workplace

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Convenience Can Come With Privacy Concerns

With the breakneck pace with which technology is developing, there are many conveniences in modern life that would have been unthinkable only a couple of decades ago. But there are also dangers. One of the fastest-growing conveniences and dangers involves the increased use of biometric data in the workplace. Although this technology can streamline some administrative processes, it can also be a tremendous threat to employees’ privacy rights and personal information security.

At the , we protect employees and consumers from the dangers of biometric privacy violations. We serve clients in California and Illinois primarily, and we can take cases throughout the country. Attorney and our entire legal team have a wealth of experience protecting consumers and employees against rights violations. We handle individual cases as well as large class action claims against major companies throughout the country.

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What Is Biometric Privacy?

In simple terms, biometric privacy is any identifying information that is part of you (rather than a card or I.D. badge that you would carry separately). Examples include:

  • Fingerprints
  • Handprints
  • Retinal and cornea scans
  • DNA and blood samples
  • Typing and other movement tendencies

Biometric Privacy Violations In The Workplace

In the workplace, fingerprint information is the most common biometric identifier where violations occur. In addition to the potential privacy concerns involved with being forced to use fingerprint identification, there is also the risk of identity theft if your fingerprint information is not handled or secured properly.

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) and similar legislation in California and other states serve to protect employee rights in the workplace. Generally, these laws prohibit employers from using fingerprints and other biometrics for their employees without first obtaining informed consent. Employers also must ensure the security of this information.

Protect Your Rights

You have rights in the workplace, but it is up to you to exercise those rights, and we can help. Call an experienced lawyer from the or email us to schedule a consultation.

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