Illinois business, health care, tech groups denounce proposed changes to Biometric Information Privacy Act | Illinois

(The Center Square) – Business, health care and technology groups are joining forces to express opposition to proposed changes to Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. 

During a news conference Friday, representatives from several groups, including the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and the Illinois Chamber of Commerce denounced a proposed change that was made late Thursday, the day before session was scheduled to adjourn.   

An amendment filed with House Bill 3811 includes a 50% increase in the minimum penalty businesses face for violating BIPA that can be awarded in future cases. The amendment remains in a Senate committee. 

“There’s not a single business organization that supports this legislation, except the trial bar,” IMA president and CEO Mark Denzler said. “Make no mistake, this is not BIPA reform. … Just when we thought BIPA couldn’t get any worse for businesses in Illinois, lawmakers unveil a proposal that will only

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