Lawsuit Investigation: Did Everyday Health Share Your Medical Information with Meta?
Last Updated on May 11, 2023
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are no longer investigating this matter. The information here is for reference only. A list of open investigations and lawsuits can be viewed here.
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Anyone who registered for an account on EverydayHealth.com or subscribed to its newsletter, app or health courses and has an active Facebook account.
- What’s Going On?
- It’s believed that Everyday Health may have secretly collected its subscribers’ medical and personal information through website tracking tools and shared this data with Meta. Attorneys are now gathering users of the website to potentially take action against Everyday Health Group.
- What Am I Signing Up For?
- You’re signing up to participate in “mass arbitration,” which is different than traditional class action litigation. Mass arbitration, however, similarly allows a large group of people to seek compensation and other relief from a company over an alleged wrongdoing.
- How Much Money Could I Get?
- While there are no guarantees, those who participate in the mass arbitration could be entitled to thousands of dollars.
- Does It Cost Anything to Sign Up?
- It costs nothing to sign up. Plus, the attorneys will only get paid if they win your claim. This money will come as a percentage of your award.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to suspect Everyday Health may have violated subscribers’ privacy by sharing their health and personal information with Meta, the owner of Facebook.
It’s possible that EverydayHealth.com used website tracking tools to record users’ actions – including what they searched for on the site, what pages they viewed and any information they typed in – and shared that information with Meta.
The data collected through tracking tools could contain members’ sensitive medical and health information, and attorneys are now gathering users of the website to potentially take action for alleged privacy violations.
What Are Website Tracking Tools?
Millions of websites use tracking tools to gather data about users and their online activities.
The Meta Pixel, for example, can track the actions people take on a website, such as what they click on, what pages they view, and even the information they enter on the site. This data is passed along to Meta, and both the social media giant and the website operator can use the information to better target users with advertisements.
Since these tracking tools operate behind the scenes, website visitors may not be aware that their actions are being tracked or that their information is being shared with third parties. For this reason, concerns have been raised about the use of tracking tools on websites, especially in situations where users enter their medical information online.
What Information Is Everyday Health Possibly Tracking?
Much can be learned about an individual from their online activity, and it’s believed that Everyday Health may have collected subscribers’ sensitive medical and health information by tracking their interactions with its website.
For instance, if an EverydayHealth.com member logs into their account and searches for a health condition, symptom, treatment or drug, a tracking tool could link that information with the particular user and pass it along to Meta.
The tracking tool may also record a member’s answers to a quiz or questionnaire, what health courses they take, or what they type when searching for a healthcare provider on EverydayHealth.com.
Put together, these pieces of data could possibly reveal sensitive and confidential health-related information about Everyday Health subscribers that they never meant to disclose.
What Am I Signing Up For?
You’re signing up to participate in what’s known in the legal world as “mass arbitration.”
Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution that takes place outside the courtroom before a third-party arbitrator, as opposed to a judge or jury.
Mass arbitration occurs when attorneys file a large number of individual arbitration claims against one company, at the same time and over the same issue, such as website privacy. It’s possible that a company facing hundreds or thousands of arbitration claims will settle with all those involved instead of resolving each claim individually – and paying the high costs associated with doing so.
What Could I Get If I Take Action?
While there are no guarantees, it’s possible that your claim could be worth thousands of dollars. It costs nothing to sign up, and you’ll only have to pay if the attorneys recover money for you. Their payment will come as a percentage of your award.
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