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PF Chang's China Bistro Location

PF Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. and Pei Wei Asian Diner are settling a class action alleging the company violated California privacy laws by recording consumer calls to its toll-free number without the consumer’s permission. 

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.

Front of Children's Mercy Hospital

The release of personal information can lead to identity theft, but the law has also recognized that there are risks to consumers in the release of their medical information. The complaint for this class action claims that Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri did not take adequate steps to prevent access to the medical information of patients.

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A recent lawsuit disclosed that Google intercepted e-mails to Gmail users, scanned the contents, then used them to serve up advertising. It did not tell senders that it was doing this. Crucially, the lawsuit was brought by a sender who had no Google accounts and so could not have consented to this violation of privacy. We’re investigating to see if a class action is needed to provide compensation to the senders of e-mails during that time.

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This settlement resolves a class action brought by current and former employees of TransPerfect Global, Inc., claiming that the company was the victim of a phishing attack sometime around January 17, 2017. This resulted in a data breach and the exposure of the data and payroll information of employees of the company and certain of its affiliates.

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Companies are permitted to use consumer reports to check the backgrounds of potential employees, but only if they follow the requirements in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FRCA). The complaint for this class action says that McDonald’s Corporation violated the FCRA by not providing a proper disclosure notice and obtaining consent before getting the report. 

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Google, Inc. tells users of its Android phone system and apps that they can turn off the Location History function and it will not track them and store their locations. The complaint for this class action claims that this is false—that even if Location History is turned off, Google still tracks people by their mobile phones and records their locations, violating privacy laws. 

Call Recording

Medicredit, Inc. and the Outsource Group, Inc. are setting aside $5 million to settle a class action alleging violations of California privacy laws. The complaint alleges (a) that Medicredit recorded calls to consumer cell phones without the consent of the cell phone owners and (b) that the Outsource Group is responsible for Medicredit’s actions.

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Identity theft is a matter of increasing concern for consumers, and it’s odd to see that a company that intends to protect consumers from it might increase the risk of it. The complaint for this class action claims that TrustedID, Inc. violates South Carolina law by requiring customers to enter six digits of their Social Security numbers to access information on its website.

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.

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