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Sharing Personal Information with Third Parties

Cover of O, the Oprah Magazine

Hearst Communications, Inc. is paying a substantial $50 million to settle a class action alleging that it violated Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act. The complaint alleged that the company shared subscribers’ personal information with third parties. 

Six Conde Nast Magazines

Advance Magazine Publisher, Inc., doing business as Conde Nast, is paying over $13 million to settle a class action brought by Michigan subscribers to its magazines. The complaint alleged that Conde Nast violated Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act by sharing subscriber information with third parties. 

TV Guide Cover

TV Guide Magazine is settling a class action with a $1.7 million payment. The complaint for the case alleged that the company disclosed subscriber information to third parties, in violation of Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act.

Consumer Reports Magazine Cover

Consumer Reports Publications has decided to settle a class action alleging that it violated Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act by disclosing subscriber information to third parties.

Cover of Consumer Reports Magazine

These days, information is valuable—and in reaction to this, privacy is being more fiercely defended. A number of states have passed laws protection personal privacy. This complaint claims that Consumer Reports, Inc. violated Rhode Island’s Video, Audio and Publication Rentals Privacy Act (RIVRPA) by selling the Personal Reading Information of its subscribers to third parties.

Time, Inc. Magazines: Golf, Coastal Living, Sunset

Time, Inc. is setting aside more than $7 million to settle a class action alleging that it shared customers’ subscription information with third parties. The complaint alleges that the company’s actions violate Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act.

Painting of Doctors Holding Dog

California has extensive consumer protection laws, including some protecting consumer privacy. The complaint for this class action alleges that Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc., doing business as Doctors Foster and Smith, has violated the terms of one such law, known as “the STLL.”

Rolling Stone Magazine Cover

Wenner Media, LLC has decided to settle a class action concerning subscriptions to its Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and Us Weekly publications. The lawsuit alleged that Wenner disclosed subscriber information to third parties, in violation of Michigan state laws. 

Reader's Digest Cover

Trusted Media Brands, Inc. has agreed to pay a settlement in a class action alleging that it disclosed magazine subscription customers’ information to third parties, in violation of Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act.