Using biometric identifiers and information continues to be a “go-to” method for authentication. Likewise, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) continues to garner attention throughout Illinois and nationally as other states adopt differing biometric privacy laws. In response to growing public concern about the increased commercial use of biometric data, the Illinois General Assembly enacted BIPA in 2008. BIPA regulates collecting, using, and storing biometric information, such as fingerprints, retina scans, and facial recognition data. The goal of BIPA is to prevent the misuse of biometric identifiers. BIPA provides a private right of action and remedies for violations. It
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Major Portions Go Into Effect March 31, 2024, Including Its Private Right of Action

Washington’s “My Health, My Data Act” is a new data privacy statute that regulates the collection, sharing, selling, and processing of “consumer health data” by certain entities. The act is intended to protect health data not otherwise protected by federal health care privacy regulations, such as entities not regulated by HIPAA. Despite its name, the act broadly encompasses the regulation of personal data beyond traditional health care data. In certain circumstances, it regulates the collection of non-Washington residents’ data and businesses outside of Washington. “Regulated entities,”
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In recent years, Illinois has become a focal point for privacy litigation, thanks in large part to the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which has been the subject of numerous class action lawsuits. However, another Illinois privacy law, the Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA), has begun to attract attention from plaintiffs’ attorneys, raising concerns for employers across the state.

Enacted in 1998, GIPA, in part, regulates the collection and use of genetic information by employers in Illinois. Genetic information, as defined by GIPA, includes details from genetic tests, the presence of diseases or disorders, and genetic services. The law prohibits
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The EU’s pioneering AI Act, set to take effect in two years, aims to establish Europe as a global leader for trustworthy AI. It provides for enforcement of unified rules, emphasizing safety and fundamental rights. And it applies to providers and users globally, so long as the AI output is intended for EU use.

The Act defines an AI system as software that “can, for a given set of human-defined objectives, generate outputs such as content, predictions, recommendations, or decisions influencing the environments they interact with.”

The Act uses the above definition to categorize systems based on the amount of
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An owner of a trade secret that has been misappropriated may seek remedies of injunctive relief and monetary damages, to compensate it for the economic harm  resulting from the party that stole and benefitted from the theft of the trade secret. While injunctive relief is the gravamen of any trade secret misappropriation claim, the available monetary damages often drive litigation strategy and often drive a plaintiff’s business, commercial, or market response to the misappropriation.

The trade secret owner may seek injunctive relief and monetary damages under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (“USTA”), and if applicable, the federal Defend Trade Secrets
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On May 18, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) issued a policy statement on the use of biometric information under its regulatory powers in Section 5 of the FTC Act (the “Statement”). The Statement is the strongest message the FTC has ever issued regarding how certain uses of biometric technology may, depending on the circumstances, constitute unfair and deceptive trade practices under Section 5.

The Statement provides significant insight into the FTC’s shifting priorities and focus on the regulation of the use of biometric technology, a topic that so far has been regulated by state and local law –
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On June 14, 2023, European Union (EU) parliament members passed the Artificial Intelligence Act (the “EU AI Act”) which, if enacted, would be one of the first laws passed by a major regulatory body to regulate artificial intelligence.  It would also potentially serve as a model for policymakers here in the United States as Congress grapples with how to regulate artificial intelligence.

The EU AI Act would, among other things, restrict use of facial recognition software and require artificial intelligence developers to disclose details about the data they use with their artificial intelligence-powered software.  Artificial intelligence developers would be required
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We have often heard that mantra “digitize to survive.” Businesses initiate a digital transformation to drive growth, improve business processes, and enhance the customer experience. According to Gartner, digital transformation is an organizational priority for 87% of senior executives.

A number of studies from academics, consultants, and analysts indicate anywhere from 70% to 95% of organizations fail to realize the expected business benefits of their digital transformations and ERP software implementations. Some studies found that 70% of digital transformations failed due to employee resistance.

The challenges of successfully implementing ERP software or a having a successful digital transformation are daunting. The
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A new, fun, and fast way to generate words and images has exploded in popularity. The hero (or villain, depending on whom you ask) is a high-powered, complex form of computer programming called generative artificial intelligence (AI). OpenAI, a company riding on a multi-billion dollar investment from Microsoft, has popularized generative AI with ChatGPT, a now-viral platform allowing users to generate seemingly anything the mind can imagine in text form. Other companies have created platforms like Midjourney or Adobe Firefly, allowing people to do the same but with images.

Copyright issues surrounding generative AI are unsettled. Courts and the United
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Taft Chicago partner Marcus Harris will be a featured speaker for Pemeco Consulting’s webinar, “SaaS Contract Negotiations: A Winning Playbook,” on April 27. The webinar will provide insights on the typical negotiation cycle, key contract terms, how to build a strong bargaining position, and how to master negotiation strategies. 

For more information or to register, click here.

Harris has established one of the country’s leading practices devoted to drafting and negotiating Enterprise Software related license, implementation, and SaaS agreements, as well as litigating failed software implementations in courts and before arbitration panels across the country. He is one of the
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Section 365(n) of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Title 11) protects the rights of intellectual property (IP) non-debtor licensees.  Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code allows a debtor –in-possession, or a trustee (e.g., a software vendor) to: (a) assume, (b) assign, or (c) reject certain executory contracts – which would typically include software licenses.  A debtor in possession’s decision to assume, assign, or reject an executory contract is subject to court approval, certain deadlines and other requirements detain Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code.  Section 365(n) is a carve-out to that broad right that allows a non-debtor counterparty
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ERP software continues evolving, and digital transformation remains as relevant as ever for modern commercial enterprises. Keeping up-to-date is essential for your business. Post-COVID, there have been non-stop developments in ERP software trends, pushing IT leaders to reprioritize constantly. Here is a breakdown of the latest ERP trends we expect to see in 2023:

  • Cloud ERP
    • Upon initial thought, cloud may not be the first cutting-edge trend individuals think of when looking forward to 2023. Companies continue to move to the cloud due to its perceived flexibility, lower cost, and supposed ease of implementation. The cloud allows integration, composability, and

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Carl Smith Jr. was convicted of residential burglary and sentenced to 6 ½ years’imprisonment. The conviction arises from the crime victim arriving home to find a door thatdid not open properly, and who subsequently found dozens of missing hydrocodone pills,removed jewelry, and that an apartment window had been broken.At the trial court, Mr. Smith moved to exclude iPhone video evidence which re-recordedsurveillance video. Mr. Smith argued the videos were not admissible pursuant to the IllinoisRule of Evidence 1003 and 1004, or alternatively that they are barred by the common lawbest evidence rule. In short, Mr. Smith contended that the duplicate
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Nakiya Moran was convicted for murder and aggravated battery with a firearm, arising out of a 2006 shooting in Calumet City, Illinois. After being convicted, the defendant learned that Calumet City had failed to turn over a ballistics report, which tied the firearm used to a different shooting. Moran alleged that this evidence had to have been turned over pursuant to Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) (establishing the rule that the prosecution must turn over all evidence that might exonerate the defendant). Moran sought postconviction relief under the Brady standard, a state court vacated the conviction and allowed
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 A federal class action lawsuit was filed Thursday against Mercedes-Benz in the Northern District of Illinois. The Complaint brings suit on behalf of Jim Rose, of Illinois; Anita Gian, of New York; and similarly situated individuals. Specifically, individuals who purchased Mercedes vehicles which were equipped with the “MBRACE” systems in their vehicles. A variety of Mercedes models included this technology, ranging from models created in 2000, up to certain models from 2017; the 2017 models included some of the most expensive offerings, like the G-Class Coupe, S-Class cabriolet, and the S65 AMG. The Complaint alleges however that the technology became effectively
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