Six Flags Has Challenged The Toughest Biometric Privacy Law Of The US

Posted on: Dec-2018 | Electrical & Electronic

It was 2008 when Illinois released a law that after a decade stays as the toughest biometric privacy standard in the country.  The BIPA (Biometric Information Privacy Act) impose tough rules on how the firms are able to gather sensitive information from the body of individuals that needs the consent of the person before getting any of the data such as fingerprints.

However, there are other states as well that agreed and imposes the same law, Illinois made the consumer to file all the lawsuits if they think that their rights have been violated under the law. Recently, all these have led to the beginning of a huge legal battle. The Supreme Court of Illinois heard the arguments against the law that will choose when the consumers can go for a legal action according to the act.

The case revolves around the teenage boy mother, who filed a lawsuit on Six Flags, following the event in which her son’s thumbprint was scanned for the pass entry of the season. Lawyers for the mother have made an argument that the move has violated the law, but the company has already stated that, as there is no actual damage occurs by the act of getting the thumbprint, they are not liable for anything.

Recently, following the rulings from the lower court, the Supreme Court of the state heard the arguments. Whatever will be the decision of the court, it has the possibility of having huge ramifications. In a case when consumers need to demonstrate that they were harmed, as argued by the advocate, it would challenge the law power. As per the report of Law360, at the least for the initial times, some of the juries of the Supreme Court looked like skeptical towards the company’s arguments.

The decision can possibly have the consequences for other companies along with Six Flags.