Bloomberg Law
Nov. 7, 2019, 4:16 PMUpdated: Nov. 7, 2019, 7:38 PM

WeWork Hit With Biometric Privacy Suit Over Facial Scans (1)

Daniel R. Stoller
Daniel R. Stoller
Senior Legal Editor

WeWork allegedly uses facial scans to track people in its shared office spaces without informed written consent, in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, according to a class complaint in Illinois state court.

“When individuals arrive at a WeWork office space, each Defendant requires them to have their facial geometry scanned to enroll them in We Work’s database(s),” plaintiff Elliot Osborne alleges.

The lawsuit highlights the risks for gig economy companies in gathering Illinois residents’ biometric data. Most Illinois biometric privacy cases are filed by employees against their employers for using fingerprint time-keeping systems and other biometric identifiers ...

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