Walmart’s practice of collecting, storing and using customers’ biometric information without obtaining their informed written consent violates Illinois law, according to a recent class action lawsuit.
Plaintiff James Luthe alleges that Walmart stores in Illinois have cameras and advance video surveillance systems that surreptitiously collect customers’ facial scans.
Additionally, Walmart allegedly uses Clearview AI software to match customers’ facial scans against billions of facial scans in Clearview’s facial recognition database.
The Walmart class action lawsuit says the retailer scans, collects and stores customers’ biometric information without their knowledge or consent and does not inform them about the specific purpose and length of time for which this data will be collected, stored and used.
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) was enacted to protect residents’ biometric information, which includes unique identifiers like fingerprints and facial scans. Unlike Social Security numbers or other data that can be changed if compromised, biometric information is unique to an individual.