Proposed Changes To Illinois’ Biometrics Laws Worry Advocates

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. Andrew Harnik / AP Photo
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. Andrew Harnik / AP Photo

Proposed Changes To Illinois’ Biometrics Laws Worry Advocates

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about Facebook’s use of users’ personal data this week.

Illinois has some of the strictest laws in the country regarding the collection and storage of biometric data. The current law requires that employers obtain consent from employees prior to collecting and storing biometric data. It also requires employers to let individuals know how long that data will be stored and how it will be used. The law also has a provision that allows individuals to sue for the alleged misuse of their biometric data. However, there are proposed changes to the law that would give companies more flexibility around the collection and use of biometric data.

Matthew Kugler, assistant professor of law at Northwestern, joins Morning Shift to discuss what the proposed changes could mean for companies and users.