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Aviation company sued under BIPA for biometric collection procedure violations

February 10, 2019 / Stephen Mayhew

A class action lawsuit has been filed in Cook County Circuit Court by a former employee of Swissport USA accusing the aviation company of violating her rights and those of other workers when requiring workers to scan their fingeprints when using a biometric punch clock, the Cook County Record reports. Rashidah Williams, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed the complaint on January 24 against Swissport International Ltd. and Swissport USA Inc. for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). This is the latest litigation brought under BIPA, which makes companies liable for damages if they fail to properly keep people informed about the use of their biometric identifiers.