Bloomberg: Four Ex-Employees Seek Class Action Status for Gender Pay Claims Against Google . “Four female former employees of Alphabet Inc.’s Google are trying to persuade a state court to let them represent more than 10,000 peers in a gender-pay disparity suit against the company, setting the stage for the next big battle over class-action status.”
Reuters: Google Faces Lawsuit Over Tracking in Apps Even When Users Opted Out . “Alphabet Inc’s Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even when they follow the company’s recommended settings for stopping such monitoring, a lawsuit seeking class action status alleged on Tuesday.”
Reuters: Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking ‘private’ internet use. “Google was sued on Tuesday in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users by pervasively tracking their internet use through browsers set in ‘private’ mode. The lawsuit seeks at least $5 billion (4 billion pounds), accusing the Alphabet Inc unit of surreptitiously collecting information about what people view online and where they browse, despite their using what Google calls Incognito mode.”
News & Observer: Inmates file coronavirus lawsuit seeking more releases from Butner federal prison in NC. “Attorneys for 11 inmates filed the suit in the U.S. Eastern District Court of North Carolina and have asked a judge to name an expert to identify all vulnerable inmates who then can be released within 24 hours. The inmates are being represented by the Charlotte law firm Winston & Strawn, the ACLU and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.”
CNET: Clearview AI facial recognition company faces another lawsuit. “Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition app being used by US law enforcement to identify suspects and other people, is facing another lawsuit. The new suit, filed Thursday, seeks class-action status and $5 million in damages for what it calls willful, reckless or negligent violations of biometrics laws in Illinois by Clearview and CDW.”
The Hill: Supreme Court declines to hear Facebook facial recognition case. “The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up a high-profile court battle over whether users can sue Facebook for using facial recognition technology on their photos without proper consent. The high court rejected Facebook’s bid to review the case, meaning the social media giant will likely have to face the multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit over whether it violated an Illinois privacy law.”
Courthouse News Service: Hacking Victims Seek Independent Audits of Facebook Data Security. “Four million Facebook users who had personal data exposed in a September 2018 data breach can team up in a fight to make the social media giant submit to independent audits of its data security measures, a federal judge ruled Tuesday night.”
Komando: Here’s how to claim your $100 settlement if Yahoo leaked your data. “Yahoo! You may be eligible for $100 in compensation as part of a class-action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit is over a number of serious data breaches at Yahoo that took place over several years affecting users. Yahoo is close to settling the multimillion-dollar lawsuit. In an email announcing the expected settlement, Yahoo said those affected by the breaches also have the option to get free credit monitoring.” The article notes that the settlement money might go the way of Equifax.
The Verge: You may be owed up to $500 if you owned a Pixel or Pixel XL. “Earlier this year, Google agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that claims the company knowingly sold first-generation Pixel phones with defective microphones. Now, the final approval has gone through, meaning if you bought an original Pixel or Pixel XL before January 7th, 2017, you’re probably eligible for some money.”
Digital Trends: Facebook could pay another multibillion-dollar fine over facial recognition. “Facebook could have to pay yet another multibillion-dollar fine after losing an appeals court decision on Thursday regarding the company’s use of facial recognition data. “
CNBC: U.S. appeals court voids Google ‘cookie’ privacy settlement that paid users nothing. “A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Google’s class-action settlement meant to resolve claims it invaded the privacy of millions of computer users by installing ‘cookies’ in their browsers, but paying those users nothing for their troubles.”
USA Today: Equifax data breach settlement: How to file a claim for $125 or free credit reporting. “If you were affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach, you can now file a claim for a piece of the settlement. The credit-reporting company has agreed to pay between $575 million and $700 million to settle state and federal investigations related to a massive security incident that exposed the personal information of more than 147 million Americans two years ago.” The site includes a form where you can enter your last name and the last six digits of your social to see if you are entitled to claim. I looked myself up and GUESS WHAT….
Courthouse News: Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters. “Despite assurances to the contrary, AT&T has been selling its customers’ location data to creditors, bounty hunters, landlords, prison officials, and all sorts of third parties, according to data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation in a federal class action filed Tuesday.”
Digital Trends: Lawsuit alleges Apple disclosed information about iTunes purchases. “Apple may promote itself as a privacy-focused company, but a new lawsuit alleges that it sells off personal data regarding iTunes purchases. The lawsuit was brought by three iTunes customers from Rhode Island and Michigan to federal court in San Fransisco on Friday, according to Bloomberg. The three customers are filing on behalf of all the iTunes customers whose information could have been sold or shared without their consent.”
Lexology: Obituary Piracy Assessed. “Thomson v. Afterlife Network Inc., 2019 FC 545, is a Federal Court decision in which the Court considers the existence of copyright in obituaries used in an e-commerce context. DT was the representative plaintiff in a class action lawsuit claiming that posted obituaries and photographs, that were authored and taken by the plaintiff and other class members without their permission and thereby Afterlife infringed the copyright and the moral rights of the class members.” This was in Canada.