Employees sue DaBecca Natural Foods in new Bipa case
21 February 2019 11:14 GMT

Employees of DaBecca Natural Foods have launched a lawsuit against the firm alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The Cook Country Record has reported that Danielle Parker and Craig Reed filed a complaint, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, on Feb. 13 in Cook County Circuit Court.

The plainants alleged the Texas corporation failed to exercise care and prudence in protecting member's personal information.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs and other similarly situated employees have suffered damages including invasion of their privacy and threat of exposure of their sensitive information as a result of the allegedly unlawful conduct of the defendant in requiring employees to scan their handprints as an authentication method to track work hours.

The plaintiffs allege DaBecca failed to inform its employees of the complete purposes for which it collects their biometric data; failed to gather signed written release that allowed them to collect or store their employees' biometric information; and failed to provide its employees with a written retention schedule and guidelines for the permanent destruction of employees' scanned handprints.