FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2021
Tracey L. Mancini
Marketing Communications Manager
PHILLIPS LYTLE LLP ATTORNEYS TO PRESENT FOR THE COMMISSION ON INDEPENDENT COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES WEBINAR, “ARE YOU COLLECTING STUDENT AND EMPLOYEE BIOMETRIC DATA? AVOID RISKS WHEN COLLECTING AND MANAGING BIOMETRIC INFORMATION”
Buffalo, N.Y. – Phillips Lytle LLP Partners Anna Mercado Clark and Linda T. Prestegaard will present for an exclusive webinar hosted by The Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities (CICU) titled, “Are You Collecting Student and Employee Biometric Data? Avoid Risks When Collecting and Managing Biometric Information.” The event will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, April 27, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Do you use fingerprints, palm prints, iris scans or face scans to permit access into buildings, or to track employees or students physically or virtually? Are you thinking of employing facial recognition technology, using smart devices or allowing employees to use smart devices, or tracking students during testing? If so, you may be collecting biometric information that is subject to various legal requirements. Remote work and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic have increased adoption of these technologies by educational institutions. Join CICU and Phillips Lytle LLP for a webinar to discuss how you may be collecting biometric data and how to manage the resulting security risks, as well as educational institutions’ privacy, security and employer obligations when gathering the personal data of employees and students.
As leader of Phillips Lytle’s Data Security & Privacy and e-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Teams, Ms. Clark focuses on complex e-discovery and digital forensics, cybersecurity and data privacy, and complex commercial litigation. She has been awarded the preeminent Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) designations by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). As a former Assistant District Attorney, she also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations.
Ms. Prestegaard advises employers on the full range of employment and workplace issues, and represents them in federal and state courts and agency proceedings defending Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA and Human Rights Law claims. Ms. Prestegaard handles wage and hour collective and class actions under the FLSA and New York Labor Law, as well as investigations and actions by federal and state Departments of Labor. She has represented higher education institutions with her work on faculty tenure and contract disputes, investigations of claims of misconduct and civil rights violations, regulatory compliance, faculty and staff handbooks, appointment letters and affirmative action plans.
Ms. Prestegaard also represents management in traditional labor law matters, including conducting training regarding concerted activity, union awareness and campaigns, collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, NLRB proceedings and LMRA litigations. She also has extensive experience investigating claims of harassment, discrimination and workplace misconduct. In addition, Ms. Prestegaard conducts training on avoiding sexual and other harassment in the workplace, wage and hour compliance, human resources best practices and other workplace issues.