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Illinois Trial Over Facial Recognition And Biometric Data

A lawsuit in federal court in Chicago has put facial recognition and one company that uses it in the hot seat. An Illinois man brought the suit against the image-publishing service Shutterfly after the company saved biometric data about his face without his consent. The state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act is one of the toughest in the nation. As a result, Illinois has been a hospitable environment for lawsuits related to how companies collect and store data about people’s faces, fingerprints and irises. The Shutterfly lawsuit in question could become a class action suit. Morning Shift talks to Northwestern University law professor Jim Speta about how the growing technology of facial recognition is being litigated in our state.

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