Plaid Bank Account Privacy Settlement

Plaid, Inc. allows users to connect to their banks through mobile and web-based apps. It is now paying $58 million to settle class actions alleging that when it did so, it took more information than it needed and kept login information. The complaints alleged that its user interface, Plaid Link, looked like the user’s own  Read more

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TikTok Scans Facial Geometry Without Consent Illinois BIPA Class Action

TikTok, Inc. is one of the fastest-growing social media platforms in the US. The complaint for this class action brings suit against TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, Inc. for allegedly collecting storing, and using the biometric information and biometric identifiers of its users without the users’ knowledge or consent, in violation of Illinois’s Biometric  Read more

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Dow Jones Sharing of Wall Street Journal Subscriber Info Michigan Class Action

Companies can earn money selling information about their customers, and consumers are increasing uncomfortable with this. Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act (PPPA) tries to combat this. The complaint for this class action alleges that Dow Jones & Company, Inc. violated this law by selling information about subscribers to its Wall Street Journal.  Read more

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Google Collection of Information Even in “Private” Modes Class Action

This class action brings suit against Google, LLC and its parent company, Alphabet, Inc. The complaint claims that Google purports to protect users’ privacy while tracking and collecting browser history and other activity data without users’ knowledge or permission.  Read more

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Google Street View Electronic Communications Settlement

This settlement resolves combined cases against Google claiming that its “street view” vehicles improperly captured and stored electronic communications sent over unencrypted wifi connections between 2007 and 2010. The complaint alleged that this activity was a violation of the Federal Wiretap Act. No payouts will be made to individuals. Settlement funds are being distributed to  Read more

YouTube Channels Unlawful Collection of Info on Minors Class Action

This class action brings suit against Google, LLC and YouTube, LLC, which operate YouTube, and against certain child-related companies that operate “monetized channels” on YouTube. The complaint alleges that “the Google Defendants and each of the Channel Owner Defendants caused the personal information of children viewing their channels to be collected for the purpose of  Read more

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Kiip Spying and Info Collection Settlement

Kiip, Inc. has an advertising platform for use with smartphone apps, and it is now paying a million dollars to settle claims about what it allegedly did. The complaint claimed that certain software integrated with the platform permitted the collection, interception, or transmission of consumers’ personal information without their knowledge or consent.   Read more

Comcast Use of Subscriber Info Massachusetts Class Action

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.  Read more

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Google Tracking with Location History Turned Off Class Action

Google tracks and stores your every geographical move, the complaint for this class action says. And if you opt out of the tracking by turning off Location History, the complaint says, it still continues to track you. The complaint claims that Google has violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act and New York’s General Business  Read more

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Google E-Mail Intercepting and “Wiretapping” of E-Mails Investigation

A recent lawsuit disclosed that Google intercepted e-mails to Gmail users, scanned the contents, then used them to serve up advertising. It did not tell senders that it was doing this. Crucially, the lawsuit was brought by a sender who had no Google accounts and so could not have consented to this violation of privacy.  Read more

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