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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.

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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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California has extensive consumer protection laws, including some protecting consumer privacy. The complaint for this class action alleges that Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc., doing business as Doctors Foster and Smith, has violated the terms of one such law, known as “the STLL.”

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Aetna, Inc., Aetna Life Insurance Company, and Aetna Specialty Pharmacy, LLC have agreed to settle a class action that alleges two instances of potential breaches of privacy.

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Is an image of your face personally identifying information (PII)? The complaint for this class action believes so. It alleges that Walmart, Inc. violates California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act by using a video camera to record customers’ facial images during their credit card transactions at self-checkout stands.

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Under Armour, Inc. (UA) is known for its sports-related clothing. For a number of years, it has been offering customers apps such as MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness that allow them to track the food they eat and their fitness-related actions. Unfortunately, the apps have suffered one of the largest data breaches to date that has exposed the personally identifying information (PII) of an estimated 150 people. 

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It’s yet another data theft case, this time involving a phishing scam at Allconnect, Inc. According to the complaint for this class, an employee at Allconnect received an e-mail that was supposedly from the president of the company asking for “all 2017 Allconnect employee W-2 information.” The employee complied, sending the impostor the personally identifying information (PII) of the company’s employees, including names, Social Security numbers, and wage and withholding information. The complaint claims that the scam was a well-known one that human resources and accounting professionals should have known about. 

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Seagate is settling a class action related to a phishing attack that occurred on or around March 1, 2016. The attack exposed the 2015 Form W-2 data of employees who worked for Seagate or certain affiliated companies during 2015. According to the complaint, fraudulent tax returns were filed in some employees’ names, sometimes jointly in their spouses’ names as well.

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Six plaintiffs bring this class action against Panera Bread Company for allegedly leaving their personal identifying information available in plain text. Customers were required to surrender this information when setting up the Panera Rewards or MyPanera accounts. Panera not properly safeguard this information, the complaint claims, and after it was informed of the problem, it ignored it for eight months. The counts in the complaint include violations of the Illinois Personal Information Protection Act and Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act as well as the tort of intrusion upon seclusion, breach of contract, negligence, and violation of the right of privacy.