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Maryland: Bill for Biometric Identifiers Privacy Act introduced to House of Representatives

House Bill ('HB') 0259 for the Biometric Identifiers Privacy Act was introduced, on 13 January 2022, to the Maryland House of Representatives. In particular, HB 0259 would regulate private entities conducting business in the State of Maryland in possession of any biometric identifier or biometric information and require them to, among other things:

  • develop a written policy and make it available to the public, establishing a retention schedule and guidelines for permanently destroying biometric identifiers on the earliest of:
    • the date on which the initial purpose for collecting or obtaining the biometric information has been satisfied;
    • within one year after the individual's last interaction with the private entity in possession of the biometric information; or
    • within 30 days after the private entity receives a verified request to delete the biometric identifiers submitted by the individual or their representative;
  • disclose, among other things, the categories of biometric identifiers collected by the private entity at the request of the individual or their representative; and
  • not use, disclose, redisclose, or otherwise disseminate an individual's biometric identifiers unless the individual or their representatives expressly gives consent, it is necessary to conduct the service required, or it is required by a valid warrant.

In addition, HB 0259 would provide recourse for individuals aggrieved by a private entity's actions in violation of the Act, entitling them to damages, where a private entity has negligently or intentionally violated the provisions of the Act.

You can read HB 0259 here and track its progress here.

(UPDATE) 21 March 2022

Bill for Biometric Identifiers Privacy Act passes House of Representatives

HB 0259 was passed, on 19 March 2022,  with amendments, in the House of Representatives and will now be considered in the State Senate.

You can read HB 0259 here and track its progress here.