In Illinois, the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) regulates the collection and use of “biometric information” such as fingerprints, facial images, and voice records. It imposes significant penalties and has generated a cottage industry of class action litigation—hundreds of cases have been filed and millions of dollars in liability have been assessed. It is also the most well known and heavily litigated of a slew of newly enacted, or soon to be passed, state and local laws aimed to regulate biometric information.
Many Illinois defendants had hoped that their liability under BIPA could be limited because, they argued, a one-year statute of limitations should apply to BIPA claims. But, in a recently issued decision, Tims v. Black Horse Carriers, Inc., 2021 IL App (1st) 200563, the Illinois Court of Appeals rejected this position for a majority of BIPA claims. It held that a five-year statute of limitations applies to the most frequently cited sections of the statute.
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