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Here is an overview of current and proposed biometric privacy laws and related litigation, as well as insurance coverage issues arising from biometric privacy claims. (Photo: iStock)

Several states, including Illinois, Texas, Arkansas, and Washington, have enacted privacy laws governing various types of biometric information, such as fingerprint, retina, and facial scans. The risks associated with the inadvertent disclosure and misuse of this type of information can be significant.

Unlike other types of protected information such as user names, credit card numbers, and passwords, biometric information cannot be canceled or replaced. In the wrong hands, such information could be misused, creating serious concerns about potential identity theft for affected individuals.

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