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The Chicago Blackhawks May Have Gathered Biometric Data

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks are fighting a proposed class-action lawsuit by an Illinois man who claims the National Hockey League team inappropriately used facial recognition software to obtain and store his biometric data.

In an amended complaint filed March 20, 2020, in Cook County, Ill., court, James Allen said he attended a Blackhawks game at the United Center on Dec. 18, 2018.

While Allen’s claim was filed in 2020, details of his case and the Blackhawks’ defence had not been widely reported before now. The plaintiffs and Blackhawks have argued this year over discovery issues, according to court records.

The lawsuit alleges the Blackhawks “scanned Mr. Allen’s facial geometry from security camera footage and stored a facial geometry template for Mr. Allen. The defendant failed to inform Mr. Allen in writing that it was collecting his biometric identifiers or information, the purpose and length of term for such collection, and failed to obtain their written consent before defendant collected his facial geometry scan.”


added 1:34pm,


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ilovehomers's avatar

Some in Illinois are challenging the use of fingerprints for employment (ie clocking in) as well.

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/01/21 at 12:31 PM ET


Some in Illinois are challenging the use of fingerprints for employment (ie clocking in) as well.

Good. If we’ve learned anything from the last couple of years it is that businesses will sell any information they can and generally lack sufficient security budgets/expertise to keep information out of the hands of hackers.

Posted by evileye on 09/01/21 at 03:22 PM ET

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