Technological advances are leading many businesses to collect and store the biometric data of their employees, contractors, and customers for purposes of identification and authentication. Biometric data has many uses, such as giving people access to their accounts and sensitive financial information, providing employees, contractors, and customers physical access to workplaces and businesses, and giving employees the ability to clock in and out of work without using keyfobs or ID cards. Continue Reading Illinois Businesses Beware: Class Action Suits on the Rise for Alleged Violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

Illinois has been among the strictest of the “eavesdropping” states in prohibiting the secret recording of conversations without all parties’ consent. Many states have a “one-party consent” rule, under which it is permissible to record a conversation as long as at least one party (typically the recording party) consents. In Illinois, however, under Section 14-2 of the Illinois Criminal Code, individuals who knowingly use an eavesdropping device to record or intercept another’s conversation could be guilty of a felony. Because of this law, with its “two-party” consent rule, Illinois employers, for the most part, have been able to maintain their workplaces free from concern over the recording of management conversations. Continue Reading Illinois Eavesdropping Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional