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Full Text of HB1764  102nd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2021 and 2022


Introduced 2/17/2021, by Rep. Keith R. Wheeler


740 ILCS 14/10
740 ILCS 14/35 new
740 ILCS 14/40 new
740 ILCS 14/20 rep.

    Amends the Biometric Information Privacy Act. Changes the definition of "written release" to include electronic consents and releases. Provides that the Attorney General has the sole authority to enforce this Act. An action may be brought to enforce this Act only if a violation of this Act causes actual harm. Exempts an employer from the Act if the employer is using biometric identifiers and biometric information for specified purposes. Repeals a provision providing for a private right of action. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning civil law.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Biometric Information Privacy Act is
5amended by changing Section 10 and by adding Sections 35 and 40
6as follows:
7    (740 ILCS 14/10)
8    Sec. 10. Definitions. In this Act:
9    "Biometric identifier" means a retina or iris scan,
10fingerprint, voiceprint, or scan of hand or face geometry.
11Biometric identifiers do not include writing samples, written
12signatures, photographs, human biological samples used for
13valid scientific testing or screening, demographic data,
14tattoo descriptions, or physical descriptions such as height,
15weight, hair color, or eye color. Biometric identifiers do not
16include donated organs, tissues, or parts as defined in the
17Illinois Anatomical Gift Act or blood or serum stored on
18behalf of recipients or potential recipients of living or
19cadaveric transplants and obtained or stored by a federally
20designated organ procurement agency. Biometric identifiers do
21not include biological materials regulated under the Genetic
22Information Privacy Act. Biometric identifiers do not include
23information captured from a patient in a health care setting



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1or information collected, used, or stored for health care
2treatment, payment, or operations under the federal Health
3Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
4Biometric identifiers do not include an X-ray, roentgen
5process, computed tomography, MRI, PET scan, mammography, or
6other image or film of the human anatomy used to diagnose,
7prognose, or treat an illness or other medical condition or to
8further validate scientific testing or screening.
9    "Biometric information" means any information, regardless
10of how it is captured, converted, stored, or shared, based on
11an individual's biometric identifier used to identify an
12individual. Biometric information does not include information
13derived from items or procedures excluded under the definition
14of biometric identifiers.
15    "Confidential and sensitive information" means personal
16information that can be used to uniquely identify an
17individual or an individual's account or property. Examples of
18confidential and sensitive information include, but are not
19limited to, a genetic marker, genetic testing information, a
20unique identifier number to locate an account or property, an
21account number, a PIN number, a pass code, a driver's license
22number, or a social security number.
23    "Private entity" means any individual, partnership,
24corporation, limited liability company, association, or other
25group, however organized. A private entity does not include a
26State or local government agency. A private entity does not



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1include any court of Illinois, a clerk of the court, or a judge
2or justice thereof.
3    "Written release" means informed written or electronic
4consent or, in the context of employment, a written or
5electronic release executed by an employee as a condition of
7(Source: P.A. 95-994, eff. 10-3-08.)
8    (740 ILCS 14/35 new)
9    Sec. 35. Violation of Act. The Attorney General has the
10sole authority to enforce this Act. An action may be brought to
11enforce this Act only if a violation of this Act causes actual
13    (740 ILCS 14/40 new)
14    Sec. 40. Exemptions. An employer is exempt under this Act
15if the employer uses biometric identifiers and biometric
16information for:
17    (1) keeping a record of an employee's work hours;
18    (2) security, including, but not limited to, the
19restriction of access to certain information and locations; or
20    (3) use by the human resources department or human
21resources employees of the employer.
22    (740 ILCS 14/20 rep.)
23    Section 10. The Biometric Information Privacy Act is



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1amended by repealing Section 20.
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
3becoming law.