Growing Patchwork of Biometric Privacy Laws
Court lowers bar for standing, interpreting “aggrieved person” broadly

by Kristen L. Burge

Fingerprints, retinal scans, and facial recognition software offer additional security measures and efficiency for consumers. But unlike a password or barcode, biometric identifiers cannot be changed in the event of a breach. As businesses gravitate toward biometrics, states grapple with how best to protect individuals’ biometric privacy. Illinois was the first to enact a comprehensive framework regulating the collection, use storage, and disclosure of biometric information the Biometric Information Protection Act (BIPA). To date, it is also the only biometric privacy statute to grant “aggrieved persons” a private cause of action. That, in turn, has raised questions regarding whether the law applies to individuals and companies outside the state, and whether plaintiffs must show actual harm from the statutory violation-often a key point of contention …download pdf of  article