Turing Video Sued By End User Employee, Alleges Violating Illinois Biometrics Law

By Isabella Cheng, Published Sep 09, 2021, 12:15pm EDT

Turing Video, which recently hired dozens of employees away from Hikvision USA and expanded into VSaaS, is being sued by an end-user accusing the company of violating an Illinois biometric law and collecting face scans without consent.

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This involves one of Turing's biggest customers and the amount in controversy in the suit is more than $10 million.

In this report, IPVM examines the complaint, Turing's alleged BIPA violations, and possible outcomes.

Albertsons ***** "*** **********" ********

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Complaint *****

****** ****, * **** decorator *** ****** *** Albertsons ***** *****-**** ***** in ********, ****** **-**** *****-****** **************** ****** ***** ** local *****:

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********** *** ******* ** Illinois' ******** ******** ******* Court** ****** **, ****, by ****** *****.

****** ***** ** *** only *********, ******* *****-**** nor ********** ** ****** as * *****.

Alleges ****** ****** ******** *** ****** **** ***** ******* *******

****** ******** * ***** ****** that ******** *********** *********, face **** *********, *** can ***** ****** ****** for ******** ******. ****** Trio, *** *********, **** that *** *** ******** to *** * ****** Shield ** **** *** face *** ******* *** temperature ****** **** **** day:

***** ******** ** *****-**** [a ******* *****], ********* was ******** ** *** a ****** ****** *** scan *** ****** ******** as **** ** * COVID-19 ********* ******* ** be ******* ** ****.

*******, **** **** **** Turing ****** ***** *****, which ******** *** ********* data (*.*. **** *****):

****** ************ ****** *********’* biometric **** ** *** systems ***/** *********.

*** ********* ****** **** these ****** ***** *** stored ** ******'* ********* so *** ****** *** conduct ******* *******:

*****’ ****** ******** ***** are **** ****** ** Turing’s ********(*), ***** **** the ****’* ***********, ****** questionnaire *********, *** **** mask ********* *******, ** order ** ***** *** report *********** *** *** have **** ******* ** COVID-19.

******, **************** ****** ****** ** an ************** ******.*** *******, ***** *** view *** **** ****-*********** alerts ******** ** * dashboard, ********* *** ******* contract ******* *** ******* through ******* **** ****** answered ** ***** ****** questionnaire. **** ******** ****** does **** **** **** stored ** * ********, rather **** ****** ****** as * ****-**** ***** tablet **** ***** *** temperature *** ****-******* *** does *** ***** *** data.

Sued *** ********* ******** ********* *********** ******* *** (****)

****** ** ***** **** for ************ ******** ****, * ******* *** passed ** **** **** prohibits *** ************* ********** and ******* ** ********* information. **** ***** *** included ** *** ********** of ********** ***** ****:

"********* **********" ***** * retina ** **** ****, fingerprint, **********, ** **** of **** ** **** geometry.

**** ** ** ******** consent ***, ***** ***** private ******** *** **** allowed ** ******* *** store ********* *********** ** the ******** *** ********** informed *** *****, *** writing, ***** ** ****.

Distinction **** ***** **** ********

****'* ******* *** * stronger ********** **** ***** BIPA ******** ** **** reviewed ******* **** ********** used ****** ****** ***** day ****** ****. *********, plaintiffs **** "****" *** BIPA ******** *** *** the ************ ** * camera **** **** ** public, ************* **** ***** is ****** *********** ********. However, ** ****'* *********, it ** ***** ****** Shield *** ********* *** the ***** ** *** manufacturer.

First ***** ** ******: ******* ** ****** ******* *******

**** ** ***** ****** Video ***** *** ********* causes ** ******.

*****, *** ********* ****** that ****** *********** **** § **/**(*)** ******* ** "****** informed ******* ******* *** release ****** ********* ********* identifiers ** ***********."

*** **** **/**(*) ****:

(*) ** ******* ****** may *******, *******, ********, receive ******* *****, ** otherwise ****** * ******'* or * ********'* ********* identifier ** ********* ***********,unless ** *****:

(*) ******* *** ******* or *** *******'* ******* authorized ************** ** ******* that * ********* ********** or ********* *********** ** being ********* ** ******;

(*) ******* *** ******* or *** *******'* ******* authorized ************** ** ******* of *** ******** ******* and ****** ** **** for ***** * ********* identifier ** ********* *********** is ***** *********, ******, and ****; ***

(*) ******** * ******* release ******** ** *** subject ** *** ********* identifier ** ********* *********** or *** *******'* ******* authorized **************. [******** *****]

**** ***** ******** *** collect ********* *********** ** Illinois, *** *****, **** need **:

  1. ****** ******, ** *******, that ********* **** ** being *********.
  2. ****** ******, ** *******, why *** *** **** biometric *********** ** ***** collected ***/** ****.
  3. ******* * ******* ******* from *** ******* **** allows *** ****** ** scan *** ******* ***** biometric *********** (*** *******, this *** **** ******* ******* form **** ***.)

****** **** ******* **** she *** ***** ******** that *** ********** **** being *********, ** *** long **** ***** ** stored ***. *******, *** says *** *** *** sign * ******* ******* agreeing *** *** ********** to ** *********:

********* *** ***** **** informed ** ******* ** the ******** ******* ******** or ****** ** **** for ***** ****** *********, stored, **** ***/** ************ her ********* ****.

********* *** ***** **** provided **** *** **** signed * ******* ******* allowing ****** ** *******, store, *** ** *********** her ********* ****.

2nd ***** ** ******: ********** ** ********** ******* *******

*** *** ***** ** action ****** ****** ***** violated *** **** § 14/15(d) ** ********** ********* information ******* ********* ****'* consent.

*** ********* ******* ****** violated **/**(*) ******* **** was ************ ** * third-party, ***, ***** ***** Turing's ********, ******* ****'* consent:

********* **** ******** ** injury ** **** ******* Turing ********** ************ *** biometric *********** *** ********* information ** ***** ******* that **** ********* **** in ***** **** ******(*), including, *** *** ******* to ****** *** ********.

****** ********** ********* *** Turing ****** *****’ ********* data ** ***** *******, including, *** *** ******* to, ****** *** ******** for *** ******* ** hosting ********* **** ** their **** ******(*).

*** **** § **/**(*) says:

(*) ** ******* ****** in ********** ** * biometric ********** ** ********* information *** ********, **********, or ********* *********** * person's ** * ********'* biometric ********** ** ********* information******:

(*)the ******* ** *** ********* ********** ** ********* *********** ** *** *******'* ******* ********** ************** ******** ** *** ********** ** ************;

(*) *** ********** ** redisclosure ********* * ********* transaction ********* ** ********** by *** ******* ** the ********* ********** ** the ********* *********** ** the *******'* ******* ********** representative;

(*) *** ********** ** redisclosure ** ******** ** State ** ******* *** or ********* *********; **

(*) *** ********** ** required ******** ** * valid ******* ** ******** issued ** * ***** of ********* ************. [******** added]

Class *************

**** ***** **** ********* as * *****-****** *******. The ********* **** *** class ** ** ***** 100 ****** *** **** Turing ***** **** **** how **** ****** **** affected:

*** ***** ****** ** putative ***** ******* ******* 100 ***********. *** ***** number ** ***** ******* can ****** ** ********** from ******’* *******.

*** ***** ********** ***** be:

*** *********** ** *** State ** ******** *** had ***** ****** ********, fingerprints, ** ***** ********* data *********, ********, ********, obtained, **********, ******, ************ or ********* ** ****** during *** ********** ********* period.

Amount ** *********** *********** *****

*** ****** ** *********** for **** ******* ***** be *********** ******** ** millions ** ******* ******* BIPA ****** ********** ********** to ******* $*,*** ** $5,000 ** ******* *** each ********* (*.*., ** this ****, *** **** scan). *** ******* *** scale ** ******* ******* of **** "*** **** violation" ******. ************, **** is ****** *** *** $5,000 ** *******, ******* she ****** ****** ***** "intentionally ** ********** ********" BIPA.

****** *****,** *** ****** *** removal ** *** ******** court, **** ***** ** at ***** $** ******* in ***********:

**** ** ******** ****** decide * ***-**** ******* of *********** ******* ** BIPA ******, *********’* *********** meet *** ************** ****** in *********** ***** ** each ********** ********* ****** their ****** ******** ******* once * ***** *** a **** (*** [******] x ** [******] * $5,000 [*** ****] * 2 [**** **********] = $12,000,000).

** **** ******* *********, it **** ** *********** to *** *** ********** discussions *******, ** ** is ***** *** ******* involved ***** *******. **** that **** *** ******** resulted ** ***** ***** action ***********, *** *******,********'* $*** ******* ********** in ******** ****.

Turing's ******* ****** ** ****

*** ****** ****** ******* page **** **** ********** of "****** **********" ******* on "***** *********** *** compliance **** ********* *********** Protection *** (****)." *******, there *** ** **** details ** ******'* ******* specifically ***** ********** ********** under ****.

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****** ** ***** ** BIPA *** ****** *** responsibility ** ********* ******* to ***** ********* ** stated ** *** ******* policy:

**** ********** ******** ** responsible *** *** *** activity ** ********** **** the ********, ********* ********* all ********* ******** ** approvals **** ** ** you, *** ********* *** necessary ******* ** ***.

****** **** **** * retention ****** ** *** website, ******** ** ********, as ******** ** ****:

Retention ** ********* *********** *** ******** *********

** *** *** ** Illinois ********, ** ****** your ********* *********** **** until *** ***** ** the ********* ******: (*) the ******* ******* *** collecting **** ********* *********** has **** *********; ** (2) ***** ***** ***** your **** *********** **** the ********.

********* ** ******* *******, *** ****** ******* on ******'* ******* ** October ****.

******'* ******* ****** **** admits ** ********** "********* information":

** ******* **** ********* information ******* *** ***** and ******* ******* ********* in *** ********** ********, in **** **** **** you ***** ****** *** field ** **** ** the ********** ********.

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No ******** **** ******

**** ********* ****** ********** over *** **** **** for ******* *** ******** no ********.

Next ***** - ****** ** *******

***** ***** ******* ** extension, ****** *** ***** September **, ****, ** respond ** *** *********. IPVM **** ****** ** the ******** *** ****** this ****** *********** ** the **** ********.

Comments (8)

**** ** **** *********** to *** ***** **** case ****. **** *** class ****** *****, * would ******* ** ***** grow ** ****** **** used ***** ******* ******** in *** ***** *** a ******** **** *****?

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****** *** **** *** the ***** *** ******** class ****** ***** ***** entering * ******…

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********* *********** ***'* ***** a *****.

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** ****** *****'* ***** Facial ******** ***********, **** it ****** *** ** considered * "*********" ****** and **** *** ********** to ****. ** ** not ***** **** *** access *******, ** ******** application. ** ** ** only **** ** ******* and ***** *********** *********** for ** **********, ***** cannot ** **** ** identify ** **********, *** may **** ***** *****.

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** *****,

****** *** *** **** this ******** *** ** either *** ***** ** to **, ******** ** asked *** *******. ** will ****** *** ****** if **** ** **** that ******** ** *** future/what ******* **** ***** to *** *********.

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** **** **** *** first ***** ****** *** fever *******? *'** **** waiting ** *** **** these ***** ***** *** each ***** *'* ********* not ** **** ** any. ***** **** ********** be ****, *** *** more **** **** **** recognition (***** ****** *** claimed **** **). *'* waiting *** *** ***** class ******* ** ******...

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*********** ****** ** **** lawsuit, ** ******** ***********, and ********'* ******** *** its ********* ** ** their *** ***** *** diligence ***** ***** ***** technology. ***** **** ********** Albertson's **** ****? ********.

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"********* **********" ***** * retina ** **** ****, fingerprint, **********, ** **** of **** ** **** geometry.

** ** * **** measuring ******** **** ********/******* a ***** ******** **** a **** *******/*********, *** does *** *****, ***** it ** *****?

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