Chicago attorney Elizabeth Boddy participated in REJournal’s May 28 webinar, “What Does the Future Hold for Construction & Development?” The webinar recap, published June 3, addressed the confusion among construction and development firms as markets and some worksites around the country shut down due to the COVID-19 crisis, and now face obstacles in the weeks and months ahead.
Boddy explained that projects that were fully funded have continued unabated, yet COVID-19 is also forcing sites to implement new safety measures. “There is risk that if biometric data—because it is a unique personal identifier—should be misappropriated, that’s identity theft that is unrecoverable,” Boddy said. “The use of that data has to be very closely safeguarded.”
According to Boddy, three jurisdictions—Texas, Illinois, and Washington D.C.—already have laws in place to address this issue, with Illinois’s statute being the most stringent in the nation. “Building owners, operators, and tenants must be aware that biometric data cannot be collected here without consent.”
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Boddy concentrates her practice on commercial litigation, focusing on matters relating to commercial construction and real estate. She frequently represents contractors and suppliers in pursuit and recovery of mechanics liens and bond claims on private and public projects. Boddy also defends claims for owners, negotiates contract terms, and advises on risk allocation and insurance issues for all parties. She has successfully recovered commissions due on contracts for commercial brokerage and property management services.