Illinois to Become 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

Illinois to Become 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use By Emma Fiala Illinois is poised to become the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana after lawmakers voted on Friday to legalize the plant. Governor J.B. Pritzker assured Illinoisans he would sign the bill that would also automatically expunge criminal records of prior convictions of minor pot possession. This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance. I applaud bipartisan members of the…

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Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy

Victory! Illinois Supreme Court Protects Biometric Privacy By Jennifer Lynch and Adam Schwartz The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that when companies collect biometric data like fingerprints or face prints without informed opt-in consent, they can be sued. Users don’t need to prove an injury like identity fraud or physical harm—just losing control of one’s biometric privacy is injury enough. In Rosenbach v. Six Flags, a 14 year old brought a challenge against an amusement park for collecting his thumbprint without his informed consent, in violation of Illinois law.…

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Wendy’s Sued For Violating Illinois Law Against Biometrics

Wendy’s Sued For Violating Illinois Law Against Biometrics By Aaron Kesel A class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois against a fast food restaurant chain of the Wendy’s franchise. The suit accuses the company of violating state laws for the way the business stores its employees’ fingerprints, ZDNet reported. The lawsuit was filed on September 11, in a Cook County court, according to the complaint obtained by ZDNet. The complaint alleges that the practice of using a biometric scan of employees’ fingerprints to clock when they arrive at Wendy’s for work,…

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