BIPA Law – Chicago, IL.

Biometric Information Privacy Act Lawyers


Illinois and some other states protect your Biometric Privacy by requiring certain disclosures and consent to use your Biometric information.

The Illinois Legislature has found that “[b]biometrics are unlike other unique identifiers that are used to access finances or other sensitive information.” 740 ILCS 14/15(c). “For example, social security numbers, when compromised, can be changed.  Biometrics, however, are biologically unique to the individual; therefore, once compromised, the individual has no recourse, is at heightened risk for identity theft, and is likely to withdraw from biometric-facilitated transactions.” Id. Thus, Illinois enacted the Biometric Information Privacy ACT “BIPA”), 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq.  BIPA is designed to protect individuals’ personal biometric information. Under BIPA, biometric identifiers include fingerprints, scans of hand geometry (i.e. handprints) and vocal identifiers; while biometric information can be defined as any information based on a biometric identifier, regardless of how it is converted or stored.

Recognizing the importance of the security of individuals’ biometrics, private entities  may not obtain and/or possess an individual’s biometrics unless they: (1) inform that person in writing that biometric identifiers or information will be captured, collected, stored, or used; (2) inform that person in writing of the specific purpose and the length of term for which such biometric identifiers or biometric information is being captured, collected, stored, and used; (3) receive a written release from the person for the collection of his or her biometric identifiers and/or information; and (4) publicly publish and make available a written retention schedule and guidelines for permanently destroying biometric identifiers and biometric information. 740 ILCS 14/15.

Keogh Law has litigated dozens of putative class actions for violations of BIPA including against Amazon, Samsung and Regal Cinemas.  If you believe you have a claim under BIPA, please contact Keogh Law today!

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Based in Chicago, Keogh Law, Ltd., represents clients in Illinois communities such as Orland Park, Calumet City, Hammond, Aurora, Naperville, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, Glenview, Skokie, Waukegan, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Lake County, LaSalle County and Will County. We also represent clients nationwide.

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