Secure Your Biometric Privacy in Illinois
Are you concerned about your biometric data falling into the wrong hands? In today’s world, technology is advancing rapidly, and with it comes the need for increased protection of your personal information. The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) is the first of its kind in the United States, designed to safeguard your biometric data, ensure that you’ve given consent for the gathering of your information and gives you control over its usage.
Understanding BIPA’s Provisions
Under BIPA, your employer must obtain your written consent before collecting, using, or storing your biometric data. They must also provide you with a clear explanation of how the data will be used and stored. Should your employer violate BIPA regulations, you have the right to pursue legal action. Biometric information can include, but is not limited to, fingerprints, facial recognition, and eye recognition. There have been tens of millions of dollars of settlements under BIPA to date.
Your Rights Under BIPA
BIPA empowers you to seek compensation for any improper collection or use of your biometric data. If unintentional, each violation may result in up to $1,000 in damages, while willful violations can yield up to $5,000 in damages. Our Illinois biometric privacy lawyers are ready to hold your employer accountable and help you recover the compensation you deserve if your privacy rights have been violated.
How Does BIPA Protect You?
BIPA sets strict standards for companies handling Illinois consumers’ biometric data. Here’s how it works:
- Informed Consent: Before collecting your biometric data, companies must inform you in writing about the specific data being collected and its purpose. You have the right to know how long they will store and use your data.
- No Profiting: BIPA prohibits companies from selling or profiting from your biometric information. This ensures that your sensitive data remains safeguarded from commercial exploitation.
- Your Right to Take Action: If a company violates BIPA, you have the power to take legal action against them. This unique aspect of the law empowers you to protect your privacy and seek justice if your rights are compromised.
Why Do Workplaces Collect Biometric Data?
You might be wondering why employers collect biometric data in the first place. The answer lies in a combination of security advancements and employee monitoring. Modern offices may require biometric scans for building access or to track employee work hours accurately. While these measures aim to enhance security, BIPA ensures that your data is only used with your explicit consent.
At Brown, LLC, we are dedicated to advocating for your privacy and guiding you through the complexities of BIPA. If you believe your biometric data has been mishandled or misused or gathered without your consent or a full explanation about how it will be stored and used, our experienced legal team is ready to assist you in taking decisive action.
Your privacy is worth protecting. Let our skilled attorneys help you navigate the intricacies of BIPA. Contact us now to schedule a free confidential consultation and understand how your biometrics are your business and how to invoke your right to privacy under BIPA.