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April 2, 2019

Illinois Law Blocks Residents From Buying Some New Technologies

The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act has shut out new consumer and home security products from being sold in the state, CNET reports.

Products like Aibo, Sony’s new companion robot dog, and some Nest home security cameras are essentially banned or restricted in the state because of the facial recognition technologies inside them. The cameras, for example, use the technology to recognize people who regularly visit the home and can alert the user if an unrecognized person enters. The law, known as BIPA, bans the use of such technology.

Lawyers have pointed to the law as a driver of a “spike” in the number of privacy lawsuits in the state.

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