Bellweather lawsuits a warning on misuse of employee data

There is increased focus on protecting employee data, and two new lawsuits, in Illinois and Pennsylvania, indicate U.S. courts are prepared to support employee claims. In Illinois, the plaintiff claimed his employer violated Illinois’ strict Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), when it forced him to “clock in” his hours using fingerprinting without proper notice or consent. The court agreed that this placed the claimant at increased risk for having his data stolen, so rejected a motion to dismiss the case. In the second instance, a group claimed that a Pennsylvania medical center was negligent in adequately protecting employee data that resulted in data being stolen.

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Data Trusts may provide a way to monetize citizen data

April 27, 2021

The EU, Google and others are exploring various ways to utilize massive amounts of consumer data with permission from and accountability to individuals via data trusts that would manage the data on their behalf. This is not a new concept, but it is one that may gain traction as individuals exercise rights to ownership of their data. Here’s a paper I recently published in the Journal of Data Protection & Privacy, Volume 4 Number 2, published by Henry Stewart Publications,, that explores this in-depth.

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