Bloomberg Law: New Illinois Attorney General Ready for Biometric Privacy Fight

November 07, 2018

Incoming Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has signaled his commitment to maintaining the integrity of the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act, which he refers to as “the strongest law of its kind in the nation.” Though tech companies are aiming to amend the law to utilize biometric data like fingerprints, iris, and retinal scans and facial recognition technology, Raoul has stated he will oppose efforts to weaken the law.

According to O’Melveny special counsel Scott Pink, the attorney general does not have a role in the legislative process or power to pursue violations. However, Raoul still has the ability to influence Illinois lawmakers. “The Attorney General, as chief legal officer for the state, could influence legislators’ approach to this issue,” Pink observed. The newly elected Attorney General could “influence legislators in deciding whether to give power to the AG in enforcing the law.”

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