Employers Are Required to Protect Your Personal and Biometric Data

Data collection is big business.  Large employers are able to obtain and sell significant amounts of data about their workers.  While many states are behind, Illinois and California now allow for private rights of actions against employers who fail to provide their employees with certain disclosures before they use or sell the personal data of their workers.

In Illinois, the law pertains to the sharing of biometric information such as fingerprints, which employers can easily get from timekeeping systems without legal disclosures to the workers.   California goes even further, requiring legal disclosures before collecting certain personal information, including, but not limited to, biometric information.  In California, businesses with more than $25 million in gross revenues or businesses that possess and sell large amounts of personal information must (i) provide notice to their employees that information about them is being collected; (ii) advise whether that information is sold/disclosed and to whom; and (iii) provide the ability to opt-out of this collection of data, access this data, and request deletion of the data.

If you work in Illinois or California and your company collected your personal information without providing the appropriate disclosures, you may be entitled to compensation.  Call us at the Shavitz Law Group and let us help make things right with a free, no-obligation review of your circumstances and a consultation regarding your rights.


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