Class Action Claims Ryder Collected Illinois Workers’ Fingerprint Scans Without Proper Consent
by Erin Shaak
Williams v. Ryder Integrated Logistics, Inc.
Filed: May 31, 2022 ◆§ 3:22-cv-50177
A class action accuses Ryder of violating an Illinois privacy law by collecting workers’ fingerprint scans without the individuals’ informed consent.
Ryder Integrated Logistics, Inc. faces a proposed class action lawsuit that accuses the company of violating an Illinois privacy law by collecting workers’ fingerprint scans without the individuals’ informed consent.
The 22-page case more specifically alleges that the transportation and logistics company has run afoul of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), a state law that regulates private entities’ collection and use of residents’ biometric data, including fingerprints, iris and retina scans, and scans of hand and face geometry.
According to the plaintiff, who worked for the defendant as a temporary and then full-time employee between September 2021 and January 2022, Ryder has required workers to scan their fingerprints each time they clock in and out of its timekeeping system without first providing certain mandatory disclosures or obtaining a written release authorizing the use of such data.
The lawsuit says that under the BIPA, a private entity may not collect, store or use a consumer’s biometric information without first informing them in writing that their biometric data will be collected and of the purpose and length of time for which the information will be collected, stored and used.
Moreover, the company must obtain a written release from the consumer authorizing the use of their biometric information, the case relays.
Finally, the lawsuit explains that a company dealing in consumers’ biometric information must publish a publicly available retention policy regarding the permanent destruction of the information.
According to the case, Ryder has, from September 2021 through January 2022, collected, stored and used workers’ fingerprint data without complying with the aforementioned BIPA requirements. Moreover, the lawsuit alleges Ryder has disclosed or otherwise shared workers’ biometric data with third parties without their informed written consent as required under the BIPA.
The lawsuit looks to represent Illinois citizens who worked for Ryder and whose biometric information and/or biometric identifiers were collected, captured or otherwise obtained by the defendant’s timekeeping system without Ryder first obtaining a written release from the individuals, or whose biometric data was disclosed by Ryder without the individuals’ consent or authorization.
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