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“Wiretapping” has to do with monitoring or intercepting electronic communications, and a number of class actions now apply the term to surveillance of the behavior and identities of visitors to websites. The complaint for this class action alleges that Charles Tyrwhitt, Inc. used means provided by NaviStone, Inc. to identify and track visitors to its website, CTShirts.com, to take away their anonymity and make them targets of its marketing.

TitleMax in Fort Worth

Consumers whose private information was obtained by TitleMax from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles can now obtain awards from the settlement of a class action brought on their behalf.

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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.

Bed with Mattress and Casper Sleep Box

Would you like the websites you visit to monitor your clicks, keystrokes, and other electronic communications, then submit them to another company to find out who you are and where you live? According to the complaint for this class action, Casper Sleep, Inc.’s website “wiretaps” visitors by recording their electronic moves, then sends them to marketer and data broker NaviStone, Inc. to obtain personally identifying information (PII). The complaint alleges that this monitoring of electronic communications is a violation of the Wiretap Act.

Purity Products International Organic Juice Cleanse Product

California is more proactive than most states in protecting its citizens’ privacy, partly through its Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA). The complaint for this class action alleges that Purity Products International violated that law when it recorded a call placed to it by plaintiff Richard Wuest. Wuest called Purity to order one of its products after hearing a radio ad, and at no time, the complaint alleges, did the representative inform Wuest that he would be monitored or recorded, and Wuest contends that he was not aware of being recorded. However, later that day, Wuest did some Internet research on Purity, the complaint claims, then called the company back and asked if Purity recorded calls. According to the complaint, the person he spoke to told him that all calls were recorded.

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California’s Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA) was passed fifty years ago and amended in 1992 to add the recording of cell phone calls to its privacy concerns. Plaintiff Florence Morris alleges that Sunrise Credit Services violated this law when it recorded four calls to her cell phone without giving her notice or getting her consent.

Sonic Drive-In Sign

Sonic, the largest chain of drive-ins in the US, has become the latest popular company to experience a data breach and expose the information of countless customers’ personally identifying information (PII). The complaint for this class action alleges that Sonic failed to take adequate measures to protect its data systems, failed to stop the breach from happening, failed to monitor and detect the breach on a timely basis, and failed to inform customers promptly. It claims that Sonic is guilty of negligence as well as breaches of Florida and New Jersey state laws.

Equifax Sign

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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