Dissent

Aug 112020
 
 August 11, 2020  Posted by  Business, Court, U.S., Workplace

Andrea Vittorio reports:

White Castle System Inc. can’t beat claims that it invaded workers’ privacy by collecting and sharing fingerprint data without consent, an Illinois federal district court ruled.

The burger chain had tried to toss the lawsuit for lack of timeliness, because the alleged violations of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act began in 2008, the year the law was enacted. But while the legal landscape in Illinois changed, White Castle’s practices didn’t, U.S. District Judge Judge John J. Tharp Jr. wrote in an Aug. 7 decision rejecting the company’s argument.

Read more on Bloomberg Law.

Aug 112020
 
 August 11, 2020  Posted by  Laws, U.S.

Kurt Wimmer, Lindsey Tonsager and Sarah Guerrero of Covington & Burling write:

Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Merkley) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) recently introduced the National Biometric Information Privacy Act (NBIPA), which would require private entities to obtain consumers’ and employees’ written consent prior to collecting their biometric information and expand nationwide individuals’ access rights and rights to request additional information from businesses.  The bill also would grant a private right of action.  Unlike other proposals that focus on regulating the use and funding of biometric surveillance technology by government entities, the NBIPA regulates private entities’ use of biometrics.

Read more on InsidePrivacy.

Aug 112020
 
 August 11, 2020  Posted by  Healthcare, Laws, Non-U.S.

Dr. Adem Koyuncu and Valerie Mei of Covington & Burling write:

On 3 July 2020, the German parliament passed a draft bill (German language) for patient data protection and for more digitalisation in the German healthcare system (Patientendaten-Schutz-Gesetz). The draft bill is currently in the legislative procedure and is expected to enter into force in autumn 2020.

One of the main objectives of the bill is to make everyday life easier for patients and healthcare professionals by increasing use of innovative digital applications, while protecting sensitive health data.

Read more on InsidePrivacy.

Aug 112020
 
 August 11, 2020  Posted by  Business, Court

Jennifer Bennett and Daniel R. Stoller report:

Facebook Inc. successfully fought off claims it misled investors about Cambridge Analytica and other data-use issues, although a federal district judge in California gave permission for the plaintiffs to amend their dismissed suit.

The investors challenged more than six dozen Facebook statements about the privacy of users’ data and related topics.

Read more on Bloomberg Law.