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Using Your Private Information Without Consent

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.

Word "Comcast" and Logo on Window

How much information about your private view habits is your cable company allowed to collect without your consent? The complaint for this class action alleges that Comcast Cable Communications, LLC violates subscribers’ federal privacy rights and Massachusetts consumer protection laws by gathering, maintaining, and using their data without their consent.

Cover of Harriet Carter Catalog

The term “wiretapping” can now apply to covert surveillance of computer keystrokes, mouse clicks, and other moves made without the computer users’ consent. The complaint for this class action alleges that Harriet Carter Gifts, Inc. wiretapped visitors to its website, with the help of Navistone, Inc., in order to obtain the visitors’ personally identifiable information (PII). The complaint says this is a violation of the Pennsylvania Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act and invaded visitors’ privacy.

Vizio Smart TV Advertising

Defendants VIZIO, Inc., VIZIO Holdings, Inc., VIZIO Services, LLC, and Inscape Data, Inc. are together settling a class action for $17 million. The class action alleged that the companies violated privacy laws with its Smart TVs. According to the complaint, the Smart TVs collected information about what was displayed on the screen and then sold that information to advertisers.

NFI Trucks

If your credit card number is stolen, you can cancel the card and get a new one with a new number. However, if your fingerprints are stolen, you can’t cancel them and get a new set. The complaint for this class action alleges that NFI, LLC and Kronos, Inc. are recording and storing the biometric data of NFI’s employees but not obeying the provisions of Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), thus putting employees’ personal information at risk. 

Colorful Google "G"

Google tracks and stores your every geographical move, the complaint for this class action says. And if you opt out of the tracking by turning off Location History, the complaint says, it still continues to track you. The complaint claims that Google has violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act and New York’s General Business Law, and engaged in intentional and negligent misrepresentation.

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.

Facebook "f" Logo with Silhouettes

This class action alleges that Facebook, Inc. allowed Cambridge Analystica, LLC (CA) to mine the data of some 50 million Facebook users, for the purpose of influencing voters in what the complaint calls “an unprecedented attack on democracy”—not to mention an unprecedentedly  massive misuse of personal information. Facebook has admitted that most of its users have likely had their information scraped by outsiders, which the complaint claims is a violation of the Stored Communications Act, the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and common law.

Teapot and Cups from MacKenzie Childs Website

This class action investigation focuses on whether MacKenzie Childs and NaviStone violated federal wiretapping laws by eavesdropping on visitors to MacKenzie Childs websites.

Tackle Direct Lures in Case

This class action investigation focuses on whether Tackle Direct and NaviStone violated federal wiretapping laws by eavesdropping on visitors to Tackle Direct websites.