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People were shocked to hear of the data breach at Equifax, the possessor of an enormous amount of personal and credit account information (PII/CAI) for tens of thousands of people. The complaint for this class action claims that the company was negligent in its measures to protect the information, thus violating the requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). In addition to the burden of placing “freezes” and “alerts” with agencies, closing or modifying accounts, and monitoring credit reports and accounts, the complaint alleges that victims of data breaches can be subject to serious harm—drained bank accounts, medical treatments on the victim’s insurance, charges on credit cards, fraudulent obtaining of government benefits in the victim’s name.

American Media Magazines

This settlement resolves a class action that alleges that American Media, Inc. and Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group, Inc. violated Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act by disclosing customers’ subscription information to third parties. 

Shorter University

Shorter University is settling a class action alleging that the personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) of certain current and former students was stolen or exposed because of a September 2014 theft of documents at the Winthrop-King Centre on Shorter’s campus.

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This settlement resolves a class action that alleges that Synchrony Bank violated California privacy laws that forbid the recording of telephone calls without the consent of all parties to the call.

Bank of America Logo

Bank of America has settled a class action alleging that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by accessing customer credit reports to conduct Account Review Inquiries after their relationships with the company had ended. 

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This settlement resolves several cases brought against companies that developed apps for Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. The complaints allege that versions of the Foodspotting, Foursquare, Gowalla, Instagram, Kik, Path, Twitter, and Yelp apps collected contact data from users’ devices, and that this was an invasion of privacy.

Costco Photo Services

PNI Digital Media, ULC has agreed to settle a class action concerning a data breach that took place between June 2014 and July 2015, which allowed access to customer payment card data and other information. The class action alleged that PNI violated Georgia’s data breach laws and that it was guilty of negligence, among other things. 

Pizza Hut Pizza

Pizza Hut franchisee Summit Pizza West has agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming that the company violated California’s Song-Beverly Act by collecting and recording personal information, such as telephone numbers, from customers of its San Diego stores who got carry-out pizzas and paid for them with credit cards.

Data Protection

On August 7, 2017, news broke that the HighPoint Solutions Human Resource Director, Christine Cushman, had stolen nearly a million dollars from the company, over a period of two years, by using others’ PII (private individual information) that the company had on file. According to the complaint, Cushman had made forty-five false payroll payments, purportedly to subcontractors, but in actuality depositing the payments into her own account. The complaint alleges that HighPoint breached its duty to properly safeguard PII, failed to put in place proper internal controls and supervisory systems to monitor Cushman, and failed to follow appropriate industry practices for PII storage and protection, among other things. It also claims that HighPoint bears responsibility for Cushman’s actions through the principle of Respondeat Superior.

Call Recording

An increasing number of companies are recording calls without providing warnings or notice. The California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA) forbids wiretapping into, eavesdropping on, or recording any confidential communication without the consent of all parties. If you live in California, called a toll-free number, and did not receive a warning about call recording, and if you feel you have reason to believe the call was recorded, let us know by filling out the form on this page.

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