May MIPLA Luncheon

Tuesday, May 18 2021, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, at Virtual - Zoom

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, John Rothchild of Wayne State University will be speaking about biometric privacy law. Specifically, Mr. Rothchild will speak about technology that identifies us by capturing our biometric identifiers—such as fingerprints, hand or face geometry, and voice patterns—is becoming more widespread. Your face might unlock your smartphone, or allow you to be collared by a law enforcement agency. A hand scan might identify you to a time clock and, soon, allow you to check out of a Whole Foods store without standing in line. Your financial institution knows who you are over the phone from the sound of your voice. The expanded collection and use of biometric information creates privacy concerns and is regulated by special-purpose state laws. Class-action lawsuits have resulted in eye-popping settlements. This talk will offer an introduction to biometric information and its uses, discuss state-law regulation of biometric information with an emphasis on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, and describe some state and local bans on the use of facial recognition technology.