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Sharing Personal Information with Third Parties

Motel 6 with Sign in Front

The lawsuit settled by this consent decree was brought by the Attorney General of the State of Washington against Motel 6 Operating, LP and G6 Hospitality, LLC. The complaint alleged that certain Motel 6 locations shared guest information, such as names, driver’s license numbers, and dates of birth with the US Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Cover of Cruising World Magazine

Bonnier Corporation is resolving a class action alleging it violated Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act (VRPA) with—oddly—magazine subscriptions. The complaint alleges it disclosed information about its magazines’ subscribers, without their permission, to third parties. 

Cover of an Issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Michigan’s Preservation of Personal PrivacyAct (PPPA), before its amendment on July 31, 2016, prohibited companies from sharing Personal Reading Information from the subscribers and purchasers of their publications. The complaint for this class action alleges that the Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. at that time shared subscriber information with third parties in violation of the law. 

Keyboard, Stethoscope, and Medical Records

How would you feel if an invoice for your medical services was sent by the processor, in an unsecured e-mail, to a friend of yours? This seems like an odd and inexplicable event. Still, the complaint for this class action alleges that Square, Inc. sent the private information of the plaintiff in this case to a friend of his, violating his privacy and failing to keep his payment and personal information confidential.

Cover of an Issue of Hot Rod Magazine

Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act (PPPA) prohibits the selling of magazine subscriber information to third parties. This complaint claims that TEN: Publishing Media, LLC nevertheless violated this law by selling the information of subscribers to Hot Rod magazine and other publications.

Cover of an Issue of Cook's Illustrated Magazine

Michigan has a Preservation of Personal Privacy Act (PPPA) that forbids the selling of magazine subscriber information to third parties. The complaint for this class action alleges that America’s Test Kitchen, LP (ATK) violated this law by selling the information of subscribers to Cook’s Illustrated and other publications.

Cover of Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. and Meredith Corporation are setting aside funds for the settlement of a class action alleging that they violated Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act. The complaint claimed that the companies disclosed information about subscribers to 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.

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