Class action accuses KeyMe of retaining customers' biometric info without permission

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 13, 2018

CHICAGO — A class action lawsuit has been filed against KeyMe Inc. for allegedly retaining the biometric information of customers without their consent.

Henry Rafidia filed a complaint individually and on behalf of a class of similarly situated individuals on Sept. 5 in Cook County Circuit Court against KeyMe, alleging the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that Henry Rafidia and others, whose biometrics were collected and stored by the defendant to fabricate scanned keys for their homes, have suffered and will suffer increased risks for identity theft, and misappropriation of one's identity, as a result of defendant's alleged malicious conduct. 

The plaintiffs allege KeyMe failed to obtain written consent to retain plaintiffs biometrics, failed to provide policies for the destruction schedule and guidelines for permanently destroying the biometrics, and failed to obtain consent to disseminate plaintiffs' biometrics to third parties.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant, certify class action, declaratory relief, injunctive and equitable relief, statutory and monetary damages, attorneys' fees, costs, litigation expenses, interest, and other relief. They are represented by Myles McGuire, Jed Sheikali and William P. Kingston of McGuire Law PC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case number 18-CH-11240

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