Illinois residents who own a Logitech Circle View doorbell camera and have the facial recognition feature activated.
What’s Going On?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether Logitech is violating Illinois privacy law by allowing its Circle View doorbell camera to capture facial scans of those appearing on video without first making the required disclosures and obtaining proper consent.
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
Lawsuits filed under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act have the potential to provide $1,000 per violation and as much as $5,000 in cases where the company intentionally or recklessly broke the law.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether Logitech is illegally collecting and storing the facial scans of Illinois customers and their families with its Circle View doorbell camera.
Specifically, they’re looking into whether the company broke a state-specific law known as the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) and, if so, whether a class action lawsuit could be filed.
Lawsuits filed under the BIPA have the potential to provide $1,000 per violation – and as much as $5,000 in instances of intentional or reckless misconduct.
What Is the Illinois BIPA?
The Illinois BIPA is a state law passed in 2008 that regulates companies’ collection, use, storage, safeguarding and handling of “biometrics,” unique physical characteristics that can be used to verify someone’s identity and allow them to access sensitive information, such as bank accounts.
The law was enacted to ensure Illinois consumers have ultimate control over and extra protection for their biometrics – which include fingerprints, facial scans, retina scans and voiceprints – and points out that, unlike Social Security numbers, a person’s biometrics cannot be changed should they become compromised.
According to the BIPA, a company cannot collect, capture, purchase or otherwise obtain a person’s biometric information unless it first:
Informs the individual in writing that their biometric identifier is being collected or stored
Tells the individual in writing why their biometric information is being collected, stored and used
Informs the person in writing how long their information will be collected, stored and used
Obtains a written release from the individual to collect and store their biometrics
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether Logitech broke the BIPA by failing to meet these requirements before allowing its Circle View doorbell camera to collect Illinois residents’ facial scans.
Have Lawsuits Really Been Filed Over Facial Scan Collection?
While every case is different and no result is guaranteed, some consumers have found great success with their BIPA claims. Google, TikTok, Wendy’s and Shutterfly are among those who’ve agreed to multi-million dollar settlements over the past two years to resolve allegations that they violated the biometric privacy rights of Illinois consumers.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
A successful BIPA case could force the defendant to come into compliance with the law and provide $1,000 – or even up to $5,000 – per violation.