Crate & Barrel's Finger Scans Flout Ill. Privacy Law, Suit Says

Law360 (July 26, 2018, 7:59 PM EDT) -- A former Crate & Barrel worker has hit the company with a proposed class action in Illinois state court, claiming the houseware and furniture chain uses biometric fingerprint scanners to track employees in violation of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Lead plaintiff Jennifer Chatman on Tuesday accused the retailer of failing to comply with multiple provisions of BIPA, exposing employees to "serious and irreversible privacy risks." If the company is hacked or a data breach occurs, employees have no way to protect their identities or prevent unlawful tracking, the suit says.

"Employees have a proprietary right to control their biometric information,"...

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