Your private information may not be as secure as some companies would have you believe. In this week’s issue, we’ll kick things off with Apple and the recent allegations that the tech giant may be collecting users’ information, regardless of their privacy settings. H&R Block is also facing similar scrutiny as attorneys have reason to believe that the company may have used tracking tools on its website to share users’ financial information with Facebook without their consent.
Taking a step away from privacy issues, we’re also taking a look at a potential defect that’s left some Mercedes GLC owners with unreasonably squeaky brakes and a recently filed lawsuit claiming that online therapy platform Talkspace has been prioritizing profits over patients by misleading users on multiple fronts.
Keep reading for more information on these cases and the latest class action settlements you may qualify for.
If you had tracking turned off on your Apple device, it’s possible that the company collected and monetized your data anyway. At least a dozen lawsuits have been filed alleging that Apple harvests detailed information on users via its first-party apps even when the “Share Analytics” or “Allow Apps to Request to Track” toggles are switched off in privacy settings. Apps that may have collected user data include the App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV, Stocks and Books – and the information in question includes intimate details about Apple customers’ lives, interests and app usage. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org need to speak with consumers to potentially get more cases on file. So, if you own an Apple device and have the “Share Analytics” and “Allow Apps to Request to Track” settings turned off, learn more about the allegations and share your story with us here.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that H&R Block’s website may be secretly sharing certain users’ personal and financial information with Facebook. Specifically, they suspect that H&R Block may be using a website tracking tool known as the Facebook pixel to collect customers’ information and secretly pass this data along to the social media giant, possibly in violation of California and Pennsylvania privacy laws. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are gathering consumers to potentially take action against the company via a process known as mass arbitration. This requires claims to be made on an individual basis, and those who sign up could be entitled to $2,500 or more. So, if you are a California or Pennsylvania resident with a Facebook account who used H&R Block’s online tax preparation and filing services, learn more about the process and how you can join others taking action here.
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If you made a purchase at an IKEA store using a credit or debit card and were given a printed receipt that displayed the first six and last four digits of the card between October 18, 2017 and December 31, 2019, you may be included in this settlement.
Squeaky brakes can be a tremendous annoyance – as some 2016-2019 Mercedes GLC owners would likely attest. These drivers have reported squealing, squeaking and screeching noises coming from their brakes, an issue that seems to be more prevalent in colder weather. Some say the brake problem is not being covered under warranty and that even when the issue is “fixed,” the squeaking noise is likely to come back again. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether a defect is the cause – and whether lawsuits can be filed because of it. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could allow drivers to recover money for repair costs and more. The automaker could also be forced to find a fix for the issue and offer it to drivers at no cost. If you own or lease a 2016-2019 Mercedes GLC with squeaky brakes, head over to this page and share your story. You may be able to help get a lawsuit started.
A proposed class action lawsuit is claiming that Talkspace misleads new patients about the availability of its online therapists and secretly enrolls consumers into automatically renewing subscriptions without their consent. To start, the lawsuit alleges that the online therapy platform promises new patients that they’ll be personally matched with a therapist within 48 hours when, in reality, Talkspace does not have enough qualified therapists on hand to meet the demand of its growing customer base. Making matters worse, once a patient is “matched” with a therapist – who may or may not meet their preferences or needs – Talkspace enrolls the individual into an automatically recurring subscription, even if they haven’t had a session yet, the case says. The lawsuit points to thousands of online complaints, with one user claiming that after being matched with a provider who had no availability and attempting to switch therapists, they were not matched again before their next automatic renewal charge went through. You can read up on all the allegations right here.
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