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Topgolf Must Face Claims Over Collecting Worker Fingerprint Data

Sept. 4, 2020, 6:37 PM

Topgolf must face claims that it improperly collected and distributed fingerprint data from employees after a federal judge in Illinois ruled the company didn’t adequately argue its motion to dismiss.

Topgolf’s argument that the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act preempted the biometric privacy claims was “unpersuasive,” Judge Edmond Chang said in his opinion Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Topgolf didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Former employees Thomas Burlinski and Matthew Miller brought a proposed class action against the company, alleging it violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. The company, they ...