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The Growing Legal And Regulatory Implications Of Collecting Biometric Data

In the last few years, biometric technologies from fingerprint to facial recognition are increasingly being leveraged by consumers for a wide range of use cases, ranging from payments to checking luggage at an airport or boarding a plane. While these technologies often simplify the user authentication experience, they also introduce new privacy challenges around the collection and storage of biometric data.

In the US, state regulators have reacted to these growing concerns around biometric data by enacting or proposing legislation. Illinois was the first state to enact such a law in 2008, the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). BIPA regulates how private organizations can collect, use, and store biometric data. BIPA also enabled individuals to sue individual organizations for damages based on misuse of biometric data.