Amazon Accused of Violating of Biometric Privacy Rights of Workers
A class action lawsuit was filed against Amazon by its workers for allegedly violating the latter’s biometric rights.
COVID-19 wellness checks were implemented by Amazon on their warehouse sites which subjected workers to temperature checks and facial recognition scans before entering the warehouses.
The class action lawsuit claims that Amazon has violated the workers’ biometric privacy rights under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) because the company failed to inform their workers about the face scans.
Read about the case under the name: Michael Jerinic v. Amazon.com Inc., et al., Case No. 2020-CH-06036, C.C. Ill.
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BIPA on Biometric Scans
According to the class action lawsuit, Amazon’s “facial recognition devices and associated software collect and capture biometric identifiers such as scans of an individual’s facial geometry, retinas, and irises.”
BIPA regulates the use of such software to prevent or reduce the risks of identity theft by requiring companies to inform individuals of the collection, storage, and/or use of their biometric identifiers. Companies have to get a written release from the subject to lawfully collect their biometrics.
BIPA also requires companies to inform individuals of the biometric scan’s specific purpose and the duration to which the collection will be done. Companies are also required to have public policies for retention schedules of biometric information and destroying of data.
Amazon is accused of “knowingly” disregarding BIPA guidelines as it did not inform nor obtained the written consent of its workers.
The lawsuit contends that this resulted in workers losing “the right to control the collection, use, and storage of their biometric identifiers and information and were exposed to ongoing, serious, and irreversible privacy risks—simply by going into work.”
This is a pressing concern nowadays with the increasing instances of databases being hacked to steal sensitive fingerprints, iris scans, and facial geometry profiles. Biometric identifiers cannot be changed in the same way as other personal information such as phone numbers, email addresses, or passwords, can be. Compromised biometric identifiers force individuals to deal with the consequences of identity theft for the rest of their lives.
Editor’s note on the Amazon Worker Privacy Rights Class Action Lawsuit:
This piece is written about the recent Amazon Workers COVID-19 Biometric Privacy Lawsuit. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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