H.R.4381: Biometric Information Privacy Act

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Sponsor Steve Stockman, R-Texas
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced April 2, 2014
Latest Major Action April 16, 2014
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Bill Summary

Biometric Information Privacy Act - Establishes an offense that subjects business entities (including organizations, trusts, and nonprofits), government entities, and people to penalties for knowingly: (1) obtaining in a fraudulent manner personal physiological biometric information relating to an individual, or (2) disclosing such information without permission from the individuals to whom the information pertains.

Defines "personal physiological biometric information" as genetic information, finger prints, palm prints, hand geometry, iris scans, retina scans, and eye vein scans.

Sets forth the following penalties to apply to such offenses:

  • a fine of up to $50,000, imprisonment for up to 1 year, or both;
  • if the offense is committed under false pretenses, a fine of up to $100,000, imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both; and
  • if the offense is committed with intent to sell, transfer, or use individually identifiable health i...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
April 16, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
April 2, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.