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Becton Dickinson Beats Biometric Privacy Claims in Illinois (1)

Feb. 25, 2020, 5:03 PMUpdated: Feb. 25, 2020, 8:15 PM

An Illinois federal district court dismissed a hospital employee’s claims that Becton, Dickinson and Co. allegedly collected and stored his fingerprint data in violation of a state biometric privacy law.

Plaintiff Corey Heard failed to state a claim against the medical device maker under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois said Monday.

The case highlights how some companies are using new legal theories to defend against biometric privacy lawsuits.

Becton Dickinson argued that the fingerprint data fell under a healthcare exemption of the Illinois law for patient data, or for...

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