Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

An Illinois federal district court recently denied a request by online image publisher Shutterfly, Inc. and its subsidiary, ThisLife Inc., to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit alleging that the companies’ facial recognition-based system of photo-tagging violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). That law, which dates to 2008, prohibits companies from collecting and storing people’s “biometric identifiers,” including scans of face geometry, without their consent. The measure also obligates companies that gather biometric data to notify people about the practice, and to publish a schedule for destroying the information.
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