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HR Quick Take: Employee Biometric Data - June 24, 2020

Q: We need to implement a new time clock system this year and there are some easy to use ones that use fingerprints, retina scans, or hand scans. I know biometrics are a big issue - does Iowa limit the use of biometric data for employee purposes - such as time clock use? 

A: Iowa does not have a specific biometric data statute, unlike our neighbor Illinois. Illinois has one of the more robust statutes in the country. However - and it’s a big however - this is data you need to keep secure under the general data security statutes. Breach of that data is likely to cause a need to notify employees and can lead to significant identity theft issues.

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