Bloomberg Law
Oct. 16, 2018, 8:31 AM

Six Flags’ Scan of Boy’s Thumbprint Tests Biometric Privacy Law

Michael J. Bologna
Michael J. Bologna
Staff Correspondent

An Illinois mother’s suit alleging Six Flags Entertainment Corp. scanned her 14-year-old son’s thumbprint without her written consent is headed to the state’s highest court, which will determine whether plaintiffs have to show harm to sue under the state’s biometric privacy law.

The state Supreme Court will decide the threshold for cases brought under the law amid a wave of such cases against Southwest Airlines Co., Wendy’s International Inc., Hooters Management Corp., Presence Health Network and other employers, retailers and service providers.

A state appeals court held last December in the case, Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., that ...

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