Attorney Adam S. Tracy Investigates Use of Unlawful Use of Biometric Data on Popular Social Media Websites
May 13, 2015 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsCHICAGO, ILLINOIS - May 13, 2015 /prleap.com/ Attorney Adam S. Tracy and the attorneys of the Tracy Firm announced today an investigation into the potentially unlawful use of biometric data on popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Biometric data is data collected from humans in an effort to identfying a person by that person's physical characteristics and appearance. Social media applications like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr rely on the use of biometric data collected from its users in an effort to allow for photo "tagging" and geometric location identification.
"When people consider the privacy of their personal information when it comes to their online or mobile activities, they very rarely consider the impact of biometic data," said attorney Adam Tracy. "The unfortunate reality is that the use of biometric data originated in fingerprinting - and that's how far this technology has come to date; being able to electronicaly identify people based on physical features," he continued. "From a legal perspective, biometric data should be afforded the same protections as general account information or even stored financial information such as credit card details."
Certain states, including Illinois, have passed laws regarding requiring the safeguarding of biometric data and prohibiting certain uses of such data. The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act was one of the first laws passed to ensure the protection of biometric data collected. If you believe that your biometric information may have been stored by Facebook, Instagram or other mobile applications and are concerned that such data has either been stored without your knowledge or is otherwise being misused, you are encouraged to contact the Tracy Firm for a free consultation.
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The Tracy Firm, Ltd. is a multi-disciplinary consumer rights law firm focusing on foreclosure defense, predatory lending litigation, bankruptcy, complex class action litigation, consumer lending litigation, FDCPA litigation, dangerous drug litigation, investment loss lawsuits, and much more. Based in suburban Chicago, Illinois, The Tracy Firm, Ltd represents clients throughout the United States through its network of associate attorneys.