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Relating to the applicability of certain limitations on the capture
and use of biometric identifiers to financial institutions.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
A "biometric identifier" is defined under the Business & Commerce Code as a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or record of hand or face geometry. Currently, a person may not capture or sell a biometric identifier for a commercial purpose unless the person receives the individual's consent.
HB 2282 would provide that these provisions do not apply to a financial institution or an affiliate subject to the requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which provides for rules relating to disclosure of nonpublic personal information specific to financial institutions. In other words, financial institutions are governed by federal law on this subject matter, not state law. This would enable financial institutions in Texas to implement biometric security protocols for their customers.
Texas Action is neutral on HB 2282 because it does not affect our liberty principles.