Biometric Scans Violate Privacy Law, Hospital Workers Say

Law360 (March 21, 2018, 9:06 PM EDT) -- Illinois' Northshore University Health System, which has four locations in the suburban Chicago area, was hit with a putative class action in Cook County Circuit Court on Monday over claims that its practice of making employees scan their retinas or hands to gain access to restricted hospital areas violates the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The suit is the latest in a string of BIPA suits filed in Illinois state court, most claiming companies violated the decade-old statute and were negligent in collecting and retaining employees' biometric information like fingerprints and retina scans, especially given the prevalence of major data breaches...

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