Legal Investigation Looks into ESPN+ Over Alleged Privacy Law Violations
Last Updated on March 14, 2023
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- ESPN+ subscribers who watched videos on plus.ESPN.com and have a Facebook account
- What’s Going On?
- It’s believed that ESPN may have violated certain privacy laws by secretly sharing data about its subscribers – including information about videos they’ve watched on the ESPN+ website – with Meta, the owner of Facebook. Now, attorneys are gathering ESPN+ subscribers to take action against the company.
- What Am I Signing Up For?
- You’re signing up to participate in something called “mass arbitration,” which is different from a class action lawsuit and involves many consumers filing individual arbitration claims against the same company over the same issue.
- Does This Cost Anything?
- It doesn’t cost anything to sign up, and if the attorneys don’t win your claim, you don’t pay.
- What Could I Get?
- While there are no guarantees, it’s possible that those who participate could be entitled to as much as $2,500.
- What You Can Do
- If you have a digital subscription to ESPN+ and watched videos on plus.ESPN.com, sign up by filling out the form linked below.
Are you an ESPN+ subscriber who watched videos on plus.ESPN.com?
If so, join others taking action against the company. It doesn’t cost anything, and all you have to do is fill out a quick form using the link below.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether ESPN illegally collected and shared subscribers’ personal information with Meta.
It’s believed that ESPN may have violated federal and state privacy laws by using a tracking tool to secretly gather data about ESPN+ subscribers – specifically, their Facebook IDs and details about the videos they’ve watched on the ESPN+ website – and pass along the data to Meta without each person’s informed, written consent.
If you’re an ESPN+ subscriber with a Facebook account and watched videos on the ESPN+ website, you may have a claim worth as much as $2,500.
Join others taking action against ESPN by filling out this form, or keep reading to find out more.
ESPN’s Alleged Privacy Law Violations
It’s been alleged that ESPN violated a federal law called the Video Privacy Protection Act, which prohibits “video tape service providers” from knowingly disclosing consumers’ personal information to a third party without obtaining each individual’s written consent.
It’s believed that this data sharing may have been accomplished using a Facebook tracking tool called the Meta pixel. Effectively, snippets of code are used on plus.ESPN.com that can be used to track visitors’ activities, including the titles and URLs of videos they watch. If the consumer has a Facebook account, the code can also record their Facebook ID – a unique identifier that corresponds to their Facebook profile – and share it with Meta along with the user’s video viewing data.
In this way, both Meta and ESPN could potentially link a specific ESPN+ subscriber to their video viewing habits and use that information to better target advertisements to users.
It’s believed that ESPN may not have obtained subscribers’ written consent before collecting and sharing their personal information, which could potentially be a violation of both the Video Privacy Protection Act and a Pennsylvania privacy law.
What Am I Signing Up For, Exactly?
You are signing up to participate in what’s called “mass arbitration,” which is a method of dispute resolution that takes place outside of court.
Though ESPN has faced class action litigation, the company has argued that its subscriber agreement contains what’s known as an arbitration clause, meaning users may have agreed to arbitrate their disputes with ESPN instead of bringing their claims in court. For this reason, the attorneys working with ClassAction.org have decided to pursue mass arbitration to resolve the privacy issue.
Mass arbitration involves hundreds or even thousands of consumers each filing an individual arbitration claim against the same company over the same issue. A company faced with a mountain of arbitration claims may, in some cases, decide to settle the matter on what is essentially a class-wide basis instead of arbitrating each individual claim – and paying the costly upfront fees to do so.
In general, arbitration is a form of dispute resolution that involves the parties resolving their matter before an independent arbitrator instead of a judge or jury.
How Much Does This Cost?
It costs nothing to sign up. If the attorneys representing you win money on your behalf, their payment will come as a percentage of that amount. If they don’t win your claim, you don’t pay.
How Much Could I Get?
It’s not guaranteed, but those who participate in the mass arbitration could have a claim worth as much as $2,500.
How Do I Sign Up?
Join others taking action against ESPN and sign up today by filling out this quick, secure form.
Disney+, Hulu or ESPN+ Subscriber?
If you watched videos on DisneyPlus.com, Hulu.com or plus.ESPN.com and have a Facebook account, join others taking action over potential privacy violations.
It costs nothing to sign up, and all you need to do is fill out one or more of the forms below.
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