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Haemonetics to Pay $8.7 Million to Settle Biometric Privacy Suit

Haemonetics Corp. will pay over $8.7 million to settle a class action alleging it collected the fingerprints of blood-plasma donors in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, under a deal given final approval in federal court.

Mary Crumpton alleged in the 2021 lawsuit that Haemonetics, a provider of supplies and services to blood donation centers, collected her fingerprint scan through a client, Octapharma Plasma Inc., without informing her or obtaining her consent, and without publishing a data-retention and -destruction policy.

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