N.H. Senate Rejects Biometric Information Legislation

The New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, June 2019.
The New Hampshire Statehouse in Concord, June 2019.
AP Photo/Holly Ramer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers aren’t ready to prohibit companies from using fingerprints, DNA and other biometric information for purposes beyond what customers could reasonably expect.

The Senate voted Wednesday to further study a bill that the House passed last year that would have allowed individuals to file complaints against companies under the state’s Consumer Protection Act. It would have defined biometric information as "an individual's physiological, biological, or behavioral characteristics," including images of the iris, retina, face and fingerprints; voice recordings; and sleep, health or exercise data that contains identifying information.

The bill faced opposition from the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association and others who argued that the definition of biometric information was too broad and that the standard for compliance was too subjective.

Sen. Jon Morgan, D-Brentwood, said while privacy rights are important, those concerns warrant further study.

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