What Is The Biometric Information Privacy Act?
Personal privacy has become an important topic with the rise in the use of technology for identifying purposes, such as fingerprint scanners, voice recognition and facial recognition.
Employers across Illinois are using these new technologies for security and information purposes, which is why the state passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The act helps ensure that employees’ information is protected, and includes requirements employer must follow to collect data in the first place
The employer must:
- Notify employees in writing about collecting biometric data
- Share with employees its reasons for collecting the data
- Specify the duration data will be collected, stored and used
- Obtain legal authorization from the employee
In addition to these initial steps, employers must follow specific guidelines for the use and storage of biometric information.
Problems Can Arise From Data Storage
We live in a world where data is constantly at risk. When employers collect information that is central to an individual’s identity, it is imperative they take all the precautions to ensure that information is safe and secure.
This is a new area of law, and technology is constantly changing. Given this, many employers are creating policies quickly, and may be unknowingly violating employees’ rights or putting their privacy at risk. Saying mistakes happen is of little comfort to those whose most personal information has been comprised.
Any employee who has their biometric information collected by an employer should consider consulting with a lawyer. Given how quickly technology changes and the risk involved with data collection and storage, working with an experienced attorney can make all the difference.