Bloomberg Law
March 25, 2022, 9:32 PM

Online College Exam Takers See Facial Scanning Lawsuit Trimmed

Martina Barash
Martina Barash

Current and former students whose faces were scanned before taking online exams may proceed with some Illinois privacy claims against Lewis University and software maker Respondus Inc., a federal court in the state ruled.

The students, from various colleges, survived some standing challenges and made sufficient allegations to continue in the three proposed class actions.

The suits allege the program captures their facial features and other biometric data without their consent, Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer said for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The suits also allege the software, used to monitor online exams without a ...

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