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Southwest, Loews Latest Sued Under Ill. Biometric Law

Law360 (July 30, 2018, 9:49 PM EDT) -- Southwest Airlines Co. and Loews Chicago Hotel Inc. have become the latest of several companies to face claims that they violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, according to two proposed class actions filed in Cook County court alleging that the companies’ employee fingerprinting policy exposes workers to hacks.

The suits each give similar accounts of company policies that use workers’ fingerprints to track when they clock in and out on databases run by third-party payroll management systems, according to the filings.

And the companies allegedly do not disclose to workers their practices for destroying the information they store, exposing employees to...

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