Spanish Agencia Española de Protección de Datos – AEPD has issued a press release on the data protection implications of’IoB’ (internet of body) devices. These are devices connected to the Internet that monitor and/or act on vital signs, biometric data, and health indicators (e.g. physical activity, sleep quality, and sports activity).

IoB devices include external,

A new New York state law prohibits the use of biometric technology in New York state schools until the later of (i) July 1, 2022 or (ii) the Commissioner of Education completes a study and issues a report to facilitate the creation of a comprehensive statewide regulatory system governing the use of such technology. The

Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) introduced the “National Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2020,” a bill that would prohibit private companies from collecting or profiting from  biometric data — including eye scans, voiceprints, faceprints and fingerprints — without consumers’ and employees’ consent.

The legislation limits the ability of companies to collect, buy,

Passports and biometric data would be included in the types of personal information covered by California’s data breach notification law, under a bill that passed the state Senate and is headed to Gov. Gavin Newsom.

A.B. 1130 by Assemblyman Marc Levine (D) would also add taxpayer and military identification numbers, and other unique government identification

“A loose coalition of privacy-minded digital rights groups and policymakers is crafting a strategy to rein in facial recognition technology in cities across the country. ”

“Three cities thus far have banned government use of the technology: San Francisco, Somerville, a suburb of Boston, and now Oakland. Using facial recognition bans in those cities as

“While there are undoubtedly significant benefits in using new technologies, organisations need to be aware of the potential challenges when choosing and using any systems involving biometric data,”  writes Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

“Any organisations planning on using new and innovative technologies that involve personal data, including

The Illinois Supreme Court’s Ruling

On January 25, 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its long awaited opinion in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp, ruling that the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq. (“BIPA”) does not require an actual injury for a plaintiff to be considered “aggrieved” under the Act. The

Jeffrey L. Widman writes:

Fingerprint scanner, illustrating concept of biometricsIn 2008, the Illinois legislature enacted the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq. (“BIPA”) to provide standards of conduct for private entities in connection with the collection and possession of “biometric identifiers and information.” BIPA regulates the collection, use, safeguarding, handling, storage, retention and destruction of such biometric

On July 23, 2017, Washington State will become the third state (after Illinois and Texas) to statutorily restrict the collection, storage and use of biometric data for commercial purposes. The Washington legislature explained its goal in enacting Washington’s new biometrics law:

The legislature intends to require a business that collects and can attribute biometric data