Biometric data is a modern form of personal identification that more and more employers are using to identify their employees. It is the most precise and accurate form of identification because it identifies employees based on their unique, distinctive physical and genetic characteristics by utilizing fingerprint scans, retinal scans and voiceprints.
Employer's use of biometric data
The use of a biometric system has proven to be more accurate and secure than using photo ID cards and passwords. However, there are concerns about data breaches and the leakage of private information to third-party sources. In several states, including Illinois, there are biometric data laws in place to regulate how employers are allowed to use and store data about their employees.
In Illinois, employees who are concerned about their privacy should reach out to an employment attorney who handles biometric privacy cases to find out if their employers are handling and storing their biometric data safely and legally.
Biometric data privacy laws
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (IBIPA) determines how employers are required to obtain consent from employees before collecting data. Employers have to follow privacy laws when they use and store their employees' information. They have to create written policies about the creation, management, storage and disposal of biometric data. The employer cannot sell or profit from private information.
An employer can store biometric data on servers, hard drives and portable devices like security cards, smartphones or USB devices. Some data is stored on microchips that are used in place of passwords and PINs. The methods used to protect data include encryptions and restricting access through user accounts.
Did your employer follow these laws?:
- Get written consent from each employee prior to collecting biometric data.
- Take measures to ensure that biometric data is properly stored and remains confidential within the company and with third-party vendors.
What can you do?
If you are concerned about how your employer or former employer is handling your biometric data, reach out to USA Employment Lawyers for a free consultation.
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