Child Privacy Violations by Disney, Viacom, Others May Lead to New Kind of Privacy Lawsuit

Child Privacy Violations by Disney, Viacom, Others May Lead to New Kind of Privacy Lawsuit

Red Tape Chronicles reports on the child privacy lawsuits filed last week by Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel against defendants including Disney and Viacom over allegations that dozens of kids’ apps and games illegally track children’s usage and data through mobile phones and other internet-connected devices. The cases focus in part on an “intrusion upon seclusion” claim, an intentional invasion into the private affairs of a given individual, in this instance millions of children throughout the U.S. “I think the lawyers caught Mickey with his shorts down,” said Jeff Chester, director of the Center for Digital Democracy. [Read more…]

New Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Viacom Alleges Violations of Child Online Privacy Laws

COPPA Child Privacy Violations

Lieff Cabraser and Carney Bates & Pulliam announce the filing of a federal class action child privacy protection lawsuit on behalf of parents in California against Viacom and others. Plaintiffs, a California mother and her child, allege that the companies violate privacy protection laws by exporting children’s personal and identifying information from child-focused mobile Nickelodeon games to advertising networks without first obtaining the parental consent required by federal and state law. [Read more…]

Child Online Privacy Violations Lawsuit Filed Against The Walt Disney Company

COPPA Child Privacy Violations Lawsuit

San Francisco, CA−(BusinessWire)−On behalf of parents in California, the law firms of Lieff Cabraser and Carney Bates & Pulliam have filed a federal class action child privacy protection lawsuit alleging that the Walt Disney Company violates privacy protection laws by exporting children’s personal information from mobile games aimed at children to advertising networks without the parental consent required by federal and state law. Parents concerned about possible tracking and improper exploitation of their children’s data in Disney and other gaming apps should click here to contact a Lieff Cabraser digital privacy lawyer to learn more about their rights. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging “Subway Surfers” App Violates Child Online Privacy Protection Laws

COPPA Child Data Violations Lawsuit

Parents in California and New York have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of themselves and their children alleging that the popular mobile app game Subway Surfers violates privacy protection laws by exporting their children’s personal information to advertising networks without obtaining required parental consent. [Read more…]

New Research Suggests At Least One-Half of Children’s Gaming Apps Violate Privacy Laws

New Research Suggests At Least One-Third of Children’s Gaming Apps Violate COPPA Privacy Laws

When parents download a “Designed for Families” gaming app for their children, they assume the game will not only be suitable for their children to play, but that their kids’ personal information will be kept secure. Indeed, federal law requires that child data be stringently protected in all online and internet-connected gaming. Disturbingly, however, new research highlighted in a Washington Post article “We Tested Apps For Children; Half Failed To Protect Their Data” reveals that at least one-half of children’s gaming apps violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by accessing and improperly sharing and monetizing child data in game apps. [Read more…]

Federal Trade Commission Orders Toy Makers to Comply with Children’s Privacy Rules

Federal Trade Commission Orders Toy Makers to Comply with Children’s Privacy Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is once again warning toy makers that their products must adhere to children’s privacy rules. In the wake of widespread media reports highlighting privacy dangers in child toys, including the exposure of voice recordings in toy pets and child data leaked from mobile apps and games, there has been increased scrutiny from lawmakers regarding the invasion of children’s privacy. [Read more…]

Plaintiffs’ Counsel Announce $115 Million Proposed Class Action Settlement In Anthem Data Breach Litigation

$115 million Anthem settlement

A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit over the 2015 cyberattack of health insurer Anthem, Inc., involving the theft of the personal information of 78.8 million people. The $115 million settlement, if approved by the Court, will be the largest data breach settlement in history. [Read more…]

Trump Administration Guts US Internet Consumer Privacy Rules Even as Illegal Harvesting of Children’s Data By Game and App Studios Continues

Help stop illegal child data collection

Even as the Trump administration eliminated significant privacy protections enacted by the FCC under Obama to expose the browsing information of hundreds of millions of Americans, the broadband industry and its Washington insider allies have leapt in to trumpet what a great thing it is to let Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T, et al. monitor and sell info about our every step online. This includes the now-permissible passive tracking of adult activity across apps and devices that is still illegal when applied to kid’s data under special separate laws enacted to protect children. [Read more…]

Focus On: Law360 Privacy Group Of The Year Lieff Cabraser

Focus On: Law360 Privacy Group Of The Year Lieff Cabraser

Law360 has published an in-depth review of Lieff Cabraser’s Digital Privacy and Data Protection practice group, selected by the publication as a “Practice Group of the Year.” As the publication noted, “In the rapidly evolving legal realm of digital privacy, Lieff Cabraser is going up against big names like Google and Facebook in digital privacy class actions and representing plaintiffs in the fallout from headline-grabbing data breaches at companies like Anthem and Sony Pictures Entertainment.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Honored in Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year for Consumer Protection & Privacy

Lieff Cabraser Honored in Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year

Law360 has announced the winners of its 2016 Practice Group of the Year awards, selecting Lieff Cabraser for Practice Group of the Year in the categories of Consumer Protection and Privacy. This prestigious recognition honors “law firms that racked up victories in litigation and closed the big deals to make their mark among clients and throughout the legal industry.” The legal publication chose 157 groups among 34 different practice areas as winners of the award. [Read more…]