On August 8, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit allowed a class action brought by Illinois residents to proceed against Facebook under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. This blog entry provides details on the case.
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On July 29, 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union released its judgment in case C-40/17, Fashion ID GmbH & Co. KG vs. Verbraucherzentrale NRW eV, ruling that Fashion ID should be considered a joint controller with Facebook regarding the collection and disclosure of personal data to Facebook as a result of embedding the Facebook ‘Like’ button on its website.
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According to media reports, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook, Inc. to resolve a privacy probe investigating whether Facebook had violated a prior FTC consent decree requiring the company to better protect user privacy.
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On July 9, 2019, the hearing in the so-called Schrems II case (case C-311/18) took place at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. This blog entry provides highlights from the hearing, and also discusses the potential impact of the CJEU’s judgment in the case in the EU data protection landscape.
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On December 29, 2018, the Northern District of Illinois dismissed consolidated cases brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act on standing grounds, finding that despite the existence of statutory standing under BIPA, neither plaintiff had claimed any injury that would support Article III standing.
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On August 28, 2018, plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit against Nielsen Holdings PLC and some of its officers and directors for making allegedly materially false and misleading statements to investors about the impact of privacy regulations and third-party business partners’ privacy policies on the company’s revenues and earnings.
Continue Reading Plaintiffs File Class Action Lawsuit Against Nielsen Over Alleged False and Misleading Statements