May 242019

Steven Erkel and Kaeley Brown of Alston & Bird write:


In April, Arkansas’ Governor signed H.B. 1943 as Act 1030 expanding the scope of personal information, as used in the Personal Information Protection Act, to include “biometric data.” The Bill defines “biometric data” as “data generated by automatic measurements of an individual’s biological characteristics, including without limitation: (a) Fingerprints, (b) Faceprint, (c) A retinal or iris scan, (d) Hand geometry, (e) Voiceprint analysis, (f) Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), or (g) Any other unique biological characteristics of an individual if the characteristics are used by the owner or licensee to uniquely authenticate the individual’s identity when the individual accesses a system or account.”

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