February 6, 2020

BIPA Settlement Should Keep Companies Up At Night, Lawyer Says

A data privacy class action defense attorney told Legal Newsline that a recent $500 million Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) settlement “should be keeping [companies] up at night.”

Molly Arranz, an class action defense attorney with the firm of SmithAmundsen, said she “anticipate[s] an uptick” in BIPA litigation in the wake of the massive settlement with Facebook. The company was sued by a class of plaintiffs over its facial recognition technology, even though the users could not prove action harm. Arranz said the “bar is now pretty low for these kinds of cases,” which could lead to an avalanche of litigation.

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