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Samantha Ettari counsels clients on privacy, data security, and data management.

After a five-day trial and only an hour of deliberation, the nation’s first trial under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) ended with a bang. The jury found that the defendant, BNSF Railway Company, recklessly or intentionally violated BIPA 45,600 times (once per class member), resulting in a $228 million judgment.

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The Better Business Bureau recently announced the launch of the TeenAge Privacy Program, which proposes a self-regulatory framework for companies to use in order to protect teen consumers and guide the responsible collection and management of teen data. The CISR’s new framework helps to address recent attention to the privacy and safety of teens online

In February, the Texas attorney general brought the first enforcement action under Texas’ Capture of Use of Biometric law. CUBI was the first state law to govern the collection and use of biometric data, predating the more well-known Illinois law by seven years.

This update explores (1) the key differences between CUBI and the Illinois

What Is the Ordinance?

New York City’s new biometrics ordinance goes into effect today, Friday, July 9. The ordinance regulates the use of “biometric identifier information” in “commercial establishments.” It is the first law of its kind in the State of New York.

  • “Biometric identifier information” is broadly defined to mean “a physiological or biological