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Whitepages Right of Publicity Illinois and Ohio Settlement

Whitepages, Inc. is settling a class action alleging it violated the Illinois Right of Publicity Act and Ohio Revised Code § 2741.01 regarding its directory and people-search services. The company permits free initial searches that it uses to sell subscriptions, and the complaint alleged it uses individuals’ names, ages, contact information, likenesses, and other information  Read more

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Hemmings Motor News Subscriber Information Sharing Michigan Class Action

The complaint for this class action alleges that American City Business Journals, Inc. (ACBJ) shares information about subscribers to its Hemmings Motor News magazine with data aggregators, data cooperatives, and list brokers. According to the complaint, this disclosure of Private Reading Information violates Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act (PPPA), at least before the PPPA  Read more

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ABA Journal Subscriber Information Shared Without Consent Michigan Class Action

Is it your reading material anybody else’s business? The complaint for this class action alleges that, under Michigan’s Personal Privacy Protection Act (PPPA), it is not. But it also claims that the American Bar Association (ABA) violates this law by disclosing information on subscribers to its ABA Journal to data aggregators, data cooperatives, and list  Read more

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Horse & Rider Subscriber Information Shared Without Consent Michigan Class Action

Michigan’s Personal Privacy Protection Act (PPPA) makes it unlawful for a bookseller or library employee to disclose a person’s Private Reading Information to others. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Equine Network, LLC does exactly this when it sells, rents, or exchanges the information of its Horse & Rider subscribers to parties  Read more

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National Review Subscriber Information Shared Without Consent Michigan Class Action

Can magazine publishers disclose the names of, and other information on, their subscribers without the subscribers’ consent? The complaint for this class action alleges that this has been prohibited in Michigan by the state’s Personal Privacy Protection Act (PPPA), but that National Review, Inc. has done it anyway, disclosing to third parties information on subscribers  Read more

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Bottom Line Subscriber Information Shared Without Consent Michigan Class Action

Boardroom, Inc., which does business as Bottom Line, Inc., publishes a newsletter the Bottom Line Personal newsletter. But does it keep confidential the subscriber information it collects? The complaint for this class action alleges that, on the contrary, it shares detailed information about its subscribers with parties like data aggregators, data cooperatives, and list brokers,  Read more

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Bassmaster Subscriber Information Shared Without Consent Michigan Class Action

B.A.S.S., LLC publishes Bassmaster magazine. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the company discloses information on its subscribers to parties such as data aggregators, data cooperatives, and list brokers without the subscribers’ consent. This, the complaint alleges, is a violation of Michigan’s Personal Privacy Protection Act (PPPA).  Read more

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Sandviks Discloses Subscribers’ Data Michigan Class Action

Are publishers allowed to earn money from information about their subscribers? The complaint for this class action sues Sandviks, Inc. for disclosing subscribers’ Private Reading Information during a particular time period, before Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act (PPPA) was amended.  Read more

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Allrecipes App Shares Video Views with Third Parties Class Action

The Allrecipes app provides users with thousands of recipes, with detailed instructions for making all kinds of dishes. Allrecipes is owned by Meredith Corporation, and the complaint for this class action alleges that Meredith has violated the federal Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) and Massachusetts Video Privacy Act (MVPA) because, it claims, Meredith “knowingly and  Read more

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Seamless Contacts Commercial Use of Private Information Illinois Class Action

Seamless Contacts, Inc. offers subscriptions to information, primarily intended for salespeople and marketers. But the complaint for this class action alleges that Seamless uses the identies of people who are not connected with it to sell its subscriptions and that it sells personal information without the consent of the persons involved. The complaint asserts, “Illinois  Read more

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