Is MLB.com Sharing Consumer Data with Facebook?Attorneys Investigate Suspected Privacy Violations
Last Updated on May 25, 2023
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- Facebook users who have an MLB.com account or subscription and have watched videos on MLB’s website.
- What’s Going On?
- It’s believed that Major League Baseball Advanced Media, L.P. (MLB) may have used a tracking tool on its website to record subscribers’ and accountholders’ activities – specifically, which videos they watch – and secretly share this data with Facebook. Attorneys are now gathering MLB.com users to take action over potential privacy violations.
- What You Can Do
- If you’re an MLB.com subscriber or accountholder (i.e., you have either an MLB.com account, MLB.TV subscription or an MLB At Bat subscription, or you log into MLB.com using your TV provider information) who has watched videos on MLB.com and you also have a Facebook account, sign up today by using the link below.
- What Am I Signing Up For, Exactly?
- You’re signing up for what’s known as “mass arbitration,” which involves hundreds or thousands of consumers bringing individual arbitration claims against the same company at the same time and over the same issue. This is different from class action litigation and takes place outside of court.
- Does This Cost Anything?
- It costs nothing to sign up, and the attorneys will only get paid if they win your claim.
- How Much Could I Get?
- While there are no guarantees, the federal Video Privacy Protection Act states that consumers who had their rights violated under the law could be owed $2,500.
Are you a Facebook user with an MLB.com account who has watched videos on MLB’s website?
If so, join others taking action against MLB. It doesn’t cost anything, and all you need to do is fill out a quick form using the link below.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are gathering MLB.com subscribers and accountholders to take action against the Major League Baseball’s media arm over potential privacy violations.
It’s believed that MLB may have used a tracking tool called the Meta pixel on its website to secretly gather data about these users – specifically, their Facebook IDs and details about the videos they’ve watched on MLB.com – and pass along the data to Meta without each person’s informed, written consent.
Attorneys suspect that MLB may have violated the federal Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) by sharing consumers’ private information without permission.
Are you a Facebook user who has an MLB.com account, MLB.TV subscription, MLB At Bat subscription, or logs into MLB.com using a TV provider? Have you watched videos on MLB.com?
If so, join others taking action against the company by filling out this quick, secure form, or keep reading to learn more.
How Could MLB Be Sharing Data with Facebook?
Many website operators gather data about the people who visit their websites by using an invisible tracking tool called the Meta (formerly known as Facebook) pixel.
The pixel, which can be embedded on any webpage, can be programmed to record every action a visitor takes, such as the buttons they click, the searches they perform and the content they view.
In the case of MLB.com, attorneys are specifically looking into whether the website is tracking which videos its users have watched and sending that information to Meta along with each person’s Facebook ID. A Facebook ID is a unique identifier linked to an individual’s Facebook profile and could potentially be used to match up a specific person with the videos they’ve watched on MLB’s website.
In general, the data collected by a website through the Meta pixel can be used by both the website operator and the social media giant to better target advertisements to their users.
It’s believed that MLB’s suspected data sharing practices may violate the federal Video Privacy Protection Act, which prohibits “video tape service providers” from disclosing to third parties any information that identifies the video materials a person has requested or watched without their consent.
Is This a Lawsuit? What Am I Signing Up For, Exactly?
You are not signing up for a lawsuit, but rather a process known as mass arbitration. This is a relatively new legal technique that, like a class action lawsuit, allows a large group of people to take action and seek compensation from a company over an alleged wrongdoing. Here is a quick explanation of mass arbitration from our blog:
“[M]ass arbitration occurs when hundreds or thousands of consumers file individual arbitration claims against the same company over the same issue at the same time. The aim of a mass arbitration proceeding is to grant relief on a large scale (similar to a class action lawsuit) for those who sign up by getting the company to agree to a quick settlement instead of arbitrating every claim and paying the costly upfront fees.”
It’s for this reason that attorneys working with ClassAction.org have decided to handle this matter as a mass arbitration rather than a class action lawsuit.
How Much Does This Cost?
It costs nothing to sign up, and you’ll only need to pay if the attorneys win money on your behalf. Their payment will come as a percentage of your award.
If they don’t win your claim, you don’t pay.
How Much Money Could I Get?
There are no guarantees as to how much money you will get or whether your claim will be successful. The VPPA, however, provides that companies may be responsible for paying consumers $2,500 for violations of the law.
Sign Up and Take Action
If you’re a Facebook user who has an MLB.com subscription or account and you’ve watched videos on MLB’s website, sign up today by filling out this quick, secure form.
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