07 Jun Ex-Nursing Home Staff Sues Employer Over Fingerprint-Scanning Time Clock
A former employee at Smith Senior Living is suing her employer and the manufacturer of the nursing home’s fingerprint-scanning time clock system Kronos Inc. for allegedly invading her privacy.
Former staff Cynthia Dixon claims that the clock-in system violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by collecting, transmitting, and storing her finger prints without prior permission. She added that she was never informed nor made to sign a waiver that her prints would be collected and stored by Kronos.
Judge Matthew Kennelly, who agreed to hear the claims, ruled that the employer and Kronos could not dismiss the BIPA charge as Smith had more than enough evidence of both violations and damages to make a case. He also decided that Kronos got Dixon’s biometric data without her knowledge or express consent.
Source: The Register UK