Beware the Biometric Information Privacy Act: How the U.S.’s Strictest Privacy Law is Exposing Unwitting Companies to Liability

Wednesday 9:05 – 10:05 AM

Session Description

Over the past year and a half, Illinois has seen an explosion in the number of class-action lawsuits against employers alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). This law prohibits companies from using finger- or hand-scan technology or otherwise collecting or storing biometric information without obtaining consent and making certain disclosures. Described as a gift to the plaintiffs’ bar, the costs of failing to abide by BIPA’s strict requirements are $1,000 for each negligent violation and $5,000 for each reckless violation, which can multiply to staggering amounts in a class action involving many employees. Attendees at this presentation will learn how to ensure compliance with BIPA, in order to avoid becoming the next unwitting victim in this wave of lawsuits.


Julia Wolf

Julia Wolf is an associate in the Chicago, IL office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Her practice focuses on representing employers in high-stakes class and collective actions, including cases arising under the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), state wage-and-hour laws, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Ms. Wolf also has extensive experience handling matters before the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.