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Fingerprint Scan

If someone steals your credit card or debit card number, you can cancel the card and get a new one. But what can you do if someone steals your fingerprints? Only a few states have laws on biometric data collection. The complaint for this class action alleges that Schenker, Inc. violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Property with Swimming Pool

When data breaches happen, it’s important that companies discover them promptly, put an end to them promptly, and just as promptly let customers know. This data breach class action, against Starwood Hotels & Resorts and its parent company, Marriott International, Inc., claims that hackers had access to customer data for four years and that the companies waited for more than two months before publicizing the breach when they discovered it.

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.

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.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Does the installation of hidden cameras in the Women’s Health Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital violate accepted ideas of patient privacy and confidentiality? The complaint for this class action says so, noting that more than 1,800 women were filmed undressed, under anesthesia, and on operating tables, in nearly 7,000 video clips.

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.

Food Served at a PF Chang Restaurant

PF Chang’s restaurants are settling a California class action for a million dollars. The complaint alleged that the restaurants used a credit card transaction form with preprinted spaces for customers to fill in telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, inviolation of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act.

Box Saying "Call Recording" Attached to Phone

California’s privacy laws prohibit the recording of calls to cell phones without giving proper notice that the call will be recorded. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC is settling a class action alleging it did just that—placed calls to cell phones and recorded them without notice or consent.

Hand Scan

Illinois is one of the few states that has passed a Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), beginning to regulate the collection and storage of biometric data. The complaint for this class action alleges that Superior Health Linens, LLC (SHL) and Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) have violated that law in the collection of data for SHL employees.

Drawing of Kimpton Kawana Bay Grenada Resort

Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC is settling a class action centering on a data breach that took place from February 16 to July 7, 2016. The attack installed malware on servers that processed payment cards, taking card numbers, expiration dates, and verification codes, and in some cases cardholder names as well.