BIOMETRICS ARTICLE INDEX FOR 2021 FROM THE BACKGROUND BUZZ
January | California: The FTC has issued a proposed settlement with Paravision, taking a position against federal privacy laws pre-empting existing state legislation.
January | California: Everalbum has agreed to an FTC settlement that requires the business to obtain express consent for the use of user’s facial recognition.
January | Washington: The Washington Privacy Act addresses geolocation data and certain biographic characteristics, as well as the use of biometrics for ad targeting.
February | National: Digital ID verification has been a target of advanced deepfake software found on the dark web.
February | National: An advisory board has been formed by the SIA with a mission to “promote the advancement and adoption of innovative biometric and digital ID solutions.”
February | New York: The Biometric Privacy Act would impose significant compliance requirements for companies handling biometric data.
February | National: ICE has again extended its rules related to I-9 compliance for those businesses working through remote means.
March | Minneapolis: The Minneapolis City Council has passed an ordinance that prohibits the city from buying facial recognition technology or using any data derived from it.
March | Illinois: BIPA cases have continued to increase, with employees now asserting employers violate the Act by using timekeeping systems that use “biometric identifiers.”
March | Illinois: Facebook was ordered to pay $650 million in a suit that claimed its practice of tagging people in photos used facial recognition without consent, violating Illinois’ BIPA.
March | New York: An Act was proposed that would require entities to obtain specific consumer consent for uses of biometric identifiers or biometric information.
April | Illinois: The Seventh Court of Appeals was expected to weigh in on a case involving whether a plaintiff could “stack” alleged BIPA violations for a windfall recovery.
April | New York: A group of bipartisan legislators introduced an act that would provide for protection of consumers’ biometric information.
May | National: Various laws, including Illinois’ BIPA, aim to protect consumers’ biometric information.
May | National: The increase in biometric privacy laws, such as Illinois’ BIPA and Arkansas’ PIPA, have led to an increase in class action litigation against employers.
May | Maryland: A bill has been introduced that provides for a private right of action, statutory penalties and plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees for misuse of consumers’ biometric information.
July | Connecticut: Healthcare workers that were hired during the pandemic have until July 20 to get fingerprinted for background checks or risk being fired.
July | Illinois: Hundreds of cases have been filed alleging violations of the Illinois BIPA, but employers are still confused about the use of employee biometric data.
July | Illinois: Two class action cases involving the Illinois BIPA could set the size and pace of future cases that alleged violations of the privacy act.
July | National: A collaboration between integrated Biometrics and Sciometrics will enable developers to build high-resolution touchless fingerprint biometrics into smartphones.
August | Virginia: InCadence has won a 10-year contract to provide mobile biometrics to the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Identity Assurance System (DSIAS).
August | New York: A new law in New York City imposes two broad mandates on commercial establishments regarding data privacy.
September | Illinois: An Illinois Appellate Court has made a decision that affects the one-year limitation period, as well as the catch-all five-year limitations period.
December | Illinois: The courts weighed in regarding whether claims asserted under Sections 15(b) and 15(d) of the Illinois BIPA accrue only once or each time an entity collection biometric information.
December | Illinois: A decision was made in a case that involves whether claims asserted under the BIPA accrue only once or each time a private entity collects or discloses biometric information.