Tech firm accused of saving biometric data without employee's consent

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 22, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE — An employee is suing a technology business, alleging her fingerprints were saved without her consent.

Connie Young, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint March 11 in Madison County Circuit Court against World Wide Technology LLC, alleging violation of the Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The suit states Young was employed by World Wide Technology beginning in 2016. The plaintiff alleges she had to clock in using the fingerprints on her index and pinky finger multiple times each shift, including when clocking in and out for lunches and when arriving and leaving work. 

The lawsuit states World Wide Technology stored Young's biometric data without informing her, a violation of a privacy act for biometric information.

Young seeks trial by jury, damages of $1,000 per negligent violation and $5,000 for willful and reckless violation, whichever is greater, plus attorney and court costs. She is represented by attorneys Brandon M. Wise and Paul a Lesko of Peiffer Wolf Carr & Kane in St. Louis.

Madison County Circuit Court Case number 19-L-337

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