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This class action alleges that Facebook, Inc. allowed Cambridge Analystica, LLC (CA) to mine the data of some 50 million Facebook users, for the purpose of influencing voters in what the complaint calls “an unprecedented attack on democracy”—not to mention an unprecedentedly  massive misuse of personal information. Facebook has admitted that most of its users have likely had their information scraped by outsiders, which the complaint claims is a violation of the Stored Communications Act, the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and common law.

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Facebook had over 2.2 billion users as of the end of 2017. The complaint for this securities class action claims that Facebook did not protect these users’ privacy according to its own policies, violating the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and making it possible for companies to lift data for their own purposes. The complaint cites European investigations, the Cambridge Analytica lifting of some 50 million users’ data, and an FTC investigation into whether the company had possibly violated a 2011 consent decree meant to improve user privacy. 

Academy of Art Building in  in San Francisco, CA

The Academy of Art University (AAU) was fooled by a spoofing scam in April 2016, sending out IRS wage and tax statements of roughly 3,000 current and former AAU employees to a stranger. The information sent included names, addresses, dates of birth, wages, and Social Security numbers.

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Eddie Bauer is settling a class action claiming it violated California’s privacy laws by recording conversations with customers without their consent. 

Rolling Stone Magazine Cover

Wenner Media, LLC has decided to settle a class action concerning subscriptions to its Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and Us Weekly publications. The lawsuit alleged that Wenner disclosed subscriber information to third parties, in violation of Michigan state laws. 

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When you discover that your company’s systems have been hacked, do you (a) announce it, investigate, and hope to punish those responsible, or (b) pay the hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about it? The complaint for this class action claims that Uber chose to bribe the criminals who stole customer and driver data. The complaint claims that Uber failed to safeguard customers’ and drivers’ information and is therefore guilty of negligence and breach of implied contract.

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When plaintiff Tuan Nguyen spoke to SquareTrade, Inc. on the telephone, she had no idea that the call was being recorded. According to the complaint for this class action, that recording was a violation of the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA), which requires the permission of all parties before recording cell phone calls. 

Lime Crime Make-Up Brushes

Lime Crime is setting aside funds to settle a class action involving a data breach that exposed the PII of customers who used their payment cards on its site between October 4, 2014 and February 15, 2015. Lime Crime has already sent potentially affected customers an incident notice and offered one year of complimentary identity protection and fraud resolution services. 

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FRHI Hotels & Resorts (Canada) has agreed to settle a class action alleging that it violated California laws by recording calls made to it by consumers without first obtaining the consumers’ consent. (FRHI was responsible for answering calls made to the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.) 

Teapot and Cups from MacKenzie Childs Website

This class action investigation focuses on whether MacKenzie Childs and NaviStone violated federal wiretapping laws by eavesdropping on visitors to MacKenzie Childs websites.