Ill. Lighting Co. Sued In Latest Biometric Privacy Action

By Lauraann Wood (October 1, 2018, 6:17 PM EDT) -- An Illinois-based maker of sustainable lighting equipment has been hit with one of the latest biometric privacy lawsuits in the state, alleging that the company is collecting employees' fingerprint scans for time-tracking purposes and sharing their information without having proper policies in place.

Linda Kane's state court lawsuit, filed on Thursday, says Conservation Technology of Illinois LLC, which does business as Con-Tech Lighting, had for years been scanning employees' "hand geometry" for authentication before it switched to Kronos Inc.'s finger-scanning technology in April, and the company has shared employees' biometric data at least with its parent company, Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc.,...

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