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August 7, 2019
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters

Jonathan Stempel / Reuters  
Appeals Court Rejects Class-Action Lawsuit Settlement Over Whether Google Used Cookies to Violate Privacy of Users, Questions Failure to Pay Money Damages to Users

In a 3-0 decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that a Delaware judge erred in a class-action lawsuit settlement over whether Google invaded the privacy of its users by installing cookies in their browsers even when privacy settings were set to prevent the tracking mechanisms. In exchange for releasing Google from monetary damages, the settlement called for Google to stop using the cookies for Safari browsers and to pay $5.5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal expenses, incentive awards to class representatives, and contributions to data privacy organizations, some with prior ties to Google. The three-judge panel said that the Delaware judge’s “cursory” settlement analysis was insufficient and expressed particular concern about the broad release of claims for money damages and the payments to outside groups.

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August 9, 2019
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters

Jonathan Stempel / Reuters  
Facebook Loses Appeal on Biometric Data Class-Action Lawsuit, Could Face Billions in Damages

A 3-0 decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected Facebook’s effort to undo a class-action lawsuit claiming that it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent, exposing the company to billions of dollars of damages for the Illinois users who brought the case. The suit began in 2015 when Illinois users accused Facebook of violating that state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act in collecting biometric data. Facebook said it will appeal the decision. Google won dismissal of a similar suit in December.

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September 10, 2019
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters

Jonathan Stempel / Reuters  
Federal Judge Allows Nationwide Lawsuit Against Facebook to Proceed Involving Company’s Decisions to Give Preferred Outsiders Access to Users’ Private Data

Federal judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco ordered Facebook to face most of a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for letting third parties such as Cambridge Analytica access users’ private data, calling the social media company’s views on privacy “so wrong.” Rejecting Facebook’s arguments that users suffered no “tangible” harm and had no legitimate privacy interest in information they shared with friends on social media, Chhabria wrote in his decision that “Facebook’s motion to dismiss is littered with assumptions about the degree to which social media users can reasonably expect their personal information and communications to remain private.” The suit follows several data privacy controversies in which Facebook let thousands of “preferred” outsiders such as Airbnb, Lyft and Netflix, as well as Cambridge Analytica, gain access to users’ private data.

September 26, 2019
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters

Jonathan Stempel / Reuters  
New York Attorney General Sues Dunkin’ Donuts’ Parent Company for Failing to Protect Hundreds of Thousands of Customers Targeted in Cyberattacks

Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts, was sued by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who accused the chain of failing to protect hundreds of thousands of customers whose accounts were targeted in a series of “brute force” cyberattacks. James said Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc did nothing in 2015 to protect 19,715 customers whose accounts had been targeted in a single five-day period, despite being aware of the problem from its own app developer. The suit alleges Dunkin’ Brands failed to notify affected customers of the breaches, reset their passwords or freeze their Dunkin’ Donuts cards. The suit further alleges the company failed to adopt appropriate safeguards to limit future attacks, despite customer reports of continuing fraud on their accounts. All these variables came together in late 2018 when more than 300,000 customer accounts were accessed in new attacks, the suit claims.  Dunkin’ Brands could face civil fines, restitution and other remedies for alleged violations of state consumer protection and business laws.

July 30, 2019
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters

Jonathan Stempel / Reuters  
New York Attorney General to Open Investigation Into Capital One’s Data Breach

New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office will begin an immediate investigation into Capital One’s massive data breach which affected about 100 million people. James, who was a key player in the Equifax breach settlement, said it has become “far too commonplace” for financial institutions to be susceptible to hacks, and her office will work to ensure that victims in New York obtain relief.

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June 1, 2019
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters

Jonathan Stempel / Reuters  
Judge Rules That Facebook Board Members May Have Committed Wrongdoing Related to Data Privacy Breaches, Orders Company to Turn Over Emails, Other Records

In a 57-page decision following a one-day trial in a lawsuit brought by Facebook shareholders, Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights of the Delaware Chancery Court said the shareholders demonstrated a “credible basis” to believe Facebook board members may have committed wrongdoing related to data privacy breaches. The judge ordered Facebook to give shareholders emails and other records concerning how the social media company handles data privacy after data for 87 million users was accessed by the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Noting that Facebook had at the time of that breach been under an FTC consent privacy consent decree, Slights said “[e]vidence presented at trial provides a credible basis to infer the board and Facebook senior executives failed to oversee Facebook’s compliance with the consent decree and its broader efforts to protect the private data of its users.”