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Biometric Update reports that Kroger-owned Mariano's in the Chicago area "is facing multiple lawsuits that allege the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by requiring employees to submit their biometrics data without consent." The story says that the suit claims that employees "were required to scan their fingerprints with a biometric time attendance device when they clocked in and out of a shift," and were never told why the information was being collected or how it would be used.

The story notes that Mariano's and its ownership deny any legal violations. However, the story notes that if the lawsuit is successful, its classification as a class action could result in tens of millions of dollars in damages.
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