SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Supreme Court in Illinois claimed Friday that a woman can sue Six Flags Great America for fingerprints of her child without telling her how the data would be used in violation of the state's biometric
Stacy Rosenbach sued the amusement park north of Chicago in 2016, about two years after her son's electronic fingerprint while purchasing a season ticket. He was 14 at that time.
The case claims that the park violated the law on biometric information law in Illinois, which requires companies and other private entities to obtain consent from people before they collect or reveal their biometric identifiers and securely store the biometric data they make. It also allows people to sue businesses that they believe have violated the law.
In his judgment for Six Flags, an appeal court decided in 2017 that Rosenbach never showed direct harm or unwanted effect, such as stolen identity or a monetary loss. 19659003] The State Supreme Court rejected the argument that individuals should have the right to sue if there was no real damage after they submitted their biometric information. The court states that an offense is harmful enough.
"This is not just" technical ", as the appeal court suggested, Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier said in the statement. "The damage is real and significant."
Biometric data, fingerprints, facial and iris scans, are increasingly being used to tag photographs on social media and record workers arrivals in the workplace.
Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Maisch said in a statement that the government will harm employers and the state economy. The organization has said that being important to protect the consumer's data is important, but the law is a burden on employers.
"We fear that today's decision will open floodgates for future litigation at the expense of Illinois commercial health, Sa Maisch.
Tess Claussen, the American American, refused to comment, citing the ongoing trial.