In recent times, the concern over the distribution of, and access to, users’ data on the web continues due to rising cyber activity. This has lead to an increase in Internet-related class action lawsuits.
What are the different types of class action categories?
What are some recent class action cases?
These cases typically occur when, often without the knowledge of the company or website, an unauthorized third party steals user information due to inadequately-secured servers. In April of 2015, Max Schrems’ Europe vs. Facebook involved 25,000 users who claimed that Facebook had illegally collected user data, invalidated privacy policies, and had been keeping users’ likes and apps under surveillance for behavioral advertising purposes. Facebook has also been accused of taking part in the NSA’s Prism Surveillance Program. In May of 2015, Yahoo also faced a class action lawsuit in California. Yahoo was accused of using email as a way to boost its revenue via advertising to its 275 million mail subscribers, violating California’s Invasion of Privacy Act. In these cases, class action lawsuits were used to simplify the process of a group to receive larger damages at a lower cost.
What is the future of class action?
At this time, class action cases remain complicated, and time consuming, due to the vast networks and policies that exist in the cyber world. Users should be cautious and monitor the information they provide online, as well as their security settings on third party and social media platforms. The Federal Trade Commission insists that online platforms should designate a privacy staff in order to avoid future conflicts and liabilities when it comes to privacy violations. However, privacy policies remain complicated because personal information is also used to promote services for consumers. With the largest companies in cyberspace constantly involved with class action privacy cases, it is difficult to determine the future of class action lawsuits.
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