Judge Grants Preliminary Approval to $13M Settlement in Google Street View Privacy Case

$13M Proposed Settlement in Google Street View Privacy Case

As reported by Law360 (subscription), a California federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a proposed $13 million cy press settlement of the federal multidistrict litigation accusing Google LLC of illegally gathering Wi-Fi network data via its Street View vehicles. As part of the settlement, Google agrees to fund online privacy organizations and educate the public about encrypted networks. [Read more…]

13M Proposed Settlement in Google Street View Privacy Case

$13M Proposed Settlement in Google Street View Privacy Case

As reported by Law360 (subscription), on Friday, July 22, 2019, the parties proposed a $13 million settlement in the federal multidistrict litigation accusing Google LLC of illegally gathering Wi-Fi network data with its Street View vehicles. As part of the settlement, Google agreed to fund online privacy organizations and educate the public about encrypted networks. [Read more…]

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Disney and Viacom Child Privacy Violations Lawsuits

Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in Disney and Viacom Child Privacy Violations Lawsuits

On May 22, 2019, U.S. District Judge James Donato denied a motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit accusing Viacom and The Walt Disney Company of violating child privacy protection laws by collecting and selling personal identifying information of children who used their child-focused mobile aps. The lawsuits allege the media giants collected kid’s data without parental consent and improperly used it to focus and transmit targeted advertising. [Read more…]

Michael Sobol Shares 2019 California Lawyer of the Year Award for Anthem Data Breach Litigation

Michael Sobol Shares 2019 California Lawyer of the Year Award for Anthem Data Breach Litigation

The editorial staff of the California Daily Journal have named Lieff Cabraser partner Michael W. Sobol, along with Eric Gibbs of the Gibbs Law Group and Eve Cervantez of Altshuler Berzon, as 2019 California Lawyer of the Year award recipients for their work on the In re Anthem Data Breach Litigation. The annual CLAY Awards are considered by the California legal community as one of the most prestigious awards, given to “outstanding attorneys whose extraordinary work has had a major impact on the law.” [Read more…]

Judge Rejects Viacom’s Arbitration Bid Effort in Child Privacy Violations Lawsuit

Viacom Child Privacy

As reported by Law360, U.S. District Judge James Donato has denied an attempt by  Viacom to force a proposed class action alleging widespread violations of child privacy laws into arbitration. The suit accuses Viacom of violating child privacy protection laws by collecting and selling personal identifying information of children who used Viacom’s child-focused mobile aps. [Read more…]

Anthem Data Breach $115 Million Settlement Gets Final Approval from Federal Court

$115 million Anthem settlement

As reported by Law360, Northern District Judge Lucy H. Koh has issued an order granting final approval to a $115 million settlement of the class action lawsuit against Anthem, Inc. over data breach and hacking originally revealed in early 2015. The intrusion into Anthem’s system, which occurred after what plaintiffs claimed was Anthem’s failure to implement and abide by standard security protocols, resulted in the exposure of identifiable personal information and health information belonging to nearly 80 million of Anthem’s members. [Read more…]

FTC Seeks Authority to Impose Meaningful Civil Penalties on Companies Breaking Consumer Protection & Data Security Laws

FTC Civil Penalties on Companies Breaking Consumer Protection & Data Security Laws

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently appeared before the House subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection to request the power to impose meaningful civil penalties on companies that violate the nation’s data security and privacy protection laws. Currently, the FTC cannot impose fines on companies over privacy issues; however, if the public wants to see companies handle their sensitive information diligently, “the agency needs the ability to slap violators with fines and have more freedom to pass rules,” notes Law360. [Read more…]

Child Advocacy Groups File FTC Complaint Over YouTube Child Privacy Violations

COPPA Child Privacy Violations Lawsuit

On April 9, 2018, a coalition of over 20 public interest child advocacy groups including the Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission asking that the FTC begin a formal investigation of YouTube for significant violations of U.S. child privacy laws. [Read more…]

Fabrice Vincent Examines Standing Issues in Data Theft Cases

Fabrice Vincent Examines Standing Issues in Data Theft Cases

Lieff Cabraser partner Fabrice N. Vincent spoke recently with the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation about digital privacy and the seemingly unending series of hacker attacks plaguing large companies and data stores across the world. “Your Data Was Stolen But Not Your Identity (Yet),” highlights Vincent’s thoughts on cyberattacks and the challenges inherent to keeping our identities safe in an ever-changing digital landscape. [Read more…]

New Federal Bill Seeks Jail Time for Nondisclosure of Data Breaches

Data Security Breaches

Wired reports on a new bill introduced in the Senate that wants to make nondisclosure of data breaches a jailable offense nationwide. Some states already have statutory penalties for companies that seek to hide data breaches, but the new bill would set a uniform approach for all 50 states. Under the current terms of the bill, failure to come forward within 30 days of a breach could lead to up to 5 years in prison for executives who attempt to cover up attacks leading to the improper exposure of private personal data. [Read more…]

Law360 Expert Analysis: COPPA Child Privacy Laws and Related Litigation

COPPA Child Privacy Laws and Related Litigation

Law360 has published an expert analysis piece on the state of privacy litigation under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§ 6501 et seq. The statute imposes strict requirements on commercial websites and online services that collect or maintain the personal information of children under the age of 13. The restrictions also apply to third-party vendors who acquire or otherwise interact with any of that information. Lieff Cabraser has been a forerunner in pursuing litigation on behalf of parents whose children’s data has been improperly acquired, shared, and monetized in a series of lawsuits against companies like Viacom and The Walt Disney Company as well as the creators of some vastly popular children’s games and apps like Subway Surfers. [Read more…]

Michael Sobol Named NLJ Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer

Michael Sobol Named NLJ Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer Award

The National Law Journal (NLJ) has named Lieff Cabraser partner Michael W. Sobol a 2017 Cybersecurity & Data Privacy “Trailblazer.” The third annual Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazers listing is a special supplement to the The National Law Journal with profiles of 25 individuals “who have helped make a difference in the fight against criminal cyber activity and towards adding much needed layers of data security in an increasingly digital world of commerce.” [Read more…]

Domestic Violence Victims Get New Tool to Fight Back Against Cyber Abuse

Domestic Violence Victims Get New Tool to Fight Back Against Cyber Abuse

The 3rd District Court of Appeal has ruled that a woman can get a restraining order against her ex-husband despite living thousands of miles away – “a first-of-its-kind decision that will give victims a new tool to use to fight back against cyber abuse,” reported The Daily Journal. [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Rules Verizon Customers Can Sue Turn Inc. Over Hidden “Zombie Cookies”

Ninth Circuit Rules Verizon Customers Can Sue Turn Inc. Over Hidden "Zombie Cookies"

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a contract arbitration clause that Verizon imposed on its subscriber customers cannot bar a class action against internet advertiser Turn, Inc. over data collected from customers without their knowledge or permission. Online advertising company Turn is being sued by Verizon Wireless cellular subscribers in federal court in California over privacy violations on claims that the company improperly monitored and tracked consumers’ online behavior through their phones. Turn allegedly attached hidden undeletable “zombie” tracking cookies to harvest customers’ web browsing and usage data. [Read more…]

Mattel Cancels Plans to Sell New Smart-Home Device for Kids Due to Child Privacy Concerns

Mattel Cancels Plans to Sell New Smart-Home Device for Kids Due to Child Privacy Concerns

Multinational toy manufacturer Mattel has announced the cancellation of plans to sell a child-focused smart-home hub device due to privacy concerns. The company states it will not placing the Aristotle product on the market because it “didn’t fully align with Mattel’s new technology strategy,” according to the Washington Post. The toy giant faced a significant outcry from child privacy advocates after initial announcements of Aristotle’s wide range of functions and information-gathering capabilities. [Read more…]

Ninth Circuit Ruling Revives Class Action Status for Turn Inc. Smartphone “Supercookies” Case

Ninth Circuit Ruling Revives Class Action Status for Turn, Inc. Smartphone ‘Supercookies’ Case

The Ninth Circuit Court has ruled that internet marketing company Turn Inc. cannot use agreements between Verizon and Verizon customers that include mandatory arbitration clauses to shield itself from privacy violation lawsuits over allegedly illegal tracking and exploitative advertising. Consumers generally loathe such “forced arbitration” provisions as they deprive them of their rights to challenge fraud and improper practices in court, relegating their claims instead to what are considered to be biased, paid-for-by-the-offending-companies arbitration hearings. [Read more…]

Court Grants Preliminary Approval to Anthem Data Breach Litigation Settlement

$115 million Anthem settlement

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh has granted preliminary approval to a $115 million settlement in litigation relating to Anthem Inc.’s 2015 data breach, which exposed the personal and medical information of nearly 80 million customers of the healthcare giant. Lieff Cabraser serves as Class Counsel in the case, along with Altshuler Berzon, Cohen Milstein, and Girard and Gibbs. The settlement includes credit protection and reimbursement for Anthem customers, and if approved, will be the largest data-breach settlement to-date. [Read more…]

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…]