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Wash. Expands Biometric Privacy Quilt With More Limited Law

By Allison Grande (July 21, 2017, 7:15 PM EDT) -- A newly enacted Washington state law governing the collection and use of consumers' biometric information is seen as a more business-friendly alternative to an Illinois law that has provoked a flurry of consumer suits, and may stand as a model for states to emulate in future legislation, experts say.

Like the Illinois 2008 law, and one enacted by Texas in 2009, Washington's new law — the third such state law nationwide — requires businesses that collect biometric data such as fingerprints, voiceprints and retina scans to disclose how it would be used and provide notice to and obtain consent from the...

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