Petco Hit With Ill. Class Suit Over Photo Time-Tracking System

By Lauraann Wood (January 22, 2021, 7:08 PM EST) -- A former Petco employee has launched class claims against the company, claiming it implemented a time-tracking system that authenticates identities by collecting, storing and comparing photographic facial data in violation of Illinois workers' biometric privacy rights.

Former employee James Robinson claimed in his Cook County Circuit Court lawsuit that Petco Animal Supplies Inc. has violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by using the camera of "an iPad-type instrument" to authenticate its employees' identities as they clock in and out of work without first obtaining their informed consent.

Robinson claims the pet supply retailer never informed him or its other Illinois...

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