Your settlement payment is the result of a settlement in the Heartland Finger Scan Settlement Lawsuit.
This Lawsuit is about whether Heartland Employment Services, LLC (“Heartland”) violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). BIPA prohibits private companies from capturing, obtaining, storing, transferring, and/or using an individual’s biometric identifiers and/or biometric information, including a fingerprint or identifying information based on a fingerprint, without first providing an individual with certain written disclosures and obtaining written consent. The Lawsuit alleges that Heartland violated BIPA by collecting fingerprint data from its employees in Illinois through its biometric timekeeping system without first providing written notice or obtaining written consent. The Lawsuit also alleges that Heartland did not timely destroy fingerprint data for employees after they stopped working for Heartland. Finally, the Lawsuit alleges that Heartland disclosed fingerprint data to its timekeeping vendor without consent.
Heartland denies the allegations in the Lawsuit and denies any violation of the law. Heartland maintains, among other things, that: the collected data does not fall within BIPA; there never was any data breach; and there never was any risk of a data breach.
Both sides agreed to the settlement to resolve the Lawsuit. The Court did not decide whether Heartland violated the law.