Norfolk Southern accused of violating biometric privacy act

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Michael Wills, like many truck drivers, periodically made deliveries and pickups to rail yards in Illinois operated by Norfolk Southern. A key way to identify and record the visits of drivers to NS rail yards is through the collection and use of biometric data, gathered when you place your thumb or hand on a scanning or reading device.

According to Legal Newsline, Wills has filed a class action lawsuit against Norfolk Southern, accusing them of collecting and using this biometric data without obtaining the informed consent of the drivers, and failure to give written disclosures to them.

The class action suit claims that Norfolk Southern’s handling of this was a violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The case was originally filed in Cook Circuit Court in January, but has now been moved to a federal court.

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