Video Streaming, Movie Theater Websites Raise Data Privacy Concerns
Data privacy remains a prominent topic in this week’s issue as we look at how certain video streaming and movie theater websites may be using our information. We’ll make mention of several sites, including Hulu.com and AMCTheatres.com, so read up on all the details just below.
From there, we have an investigation into a potential defect that may be causing certain Aquasana under-sink water filters to crack and leak during regular use, plus coverage of the $24 million IKEA settlement that looks to compensate customers who had too much card information printed on their receipts. Keep reading for the latest.
- Ty Armstrong, Writer/Community Manager
Hulu, Disney, ESPN+ Web Users: Was Your Data Secretly Shared with Facebook?
If you have a Facebook account and streamed content on plus.ESPN.com, Hulu.com or DisneyPlus.com, your activity on those sites may not be as private as you think. Specifically, attorneys working with ClassAction.org have reason to believe that information like users’ unique Facebook IDs and the titles of videos they watched on the websites may have been secretly shared with Meta, potentially in an attempt to better target advertisements. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now gathering subscribers of the respective streaming services to take action over potential violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act – a federal law that says consumers could be owed as much as $2,500. The attorneys are looking to handle these claims through a process known as “mass arbitration,” which, unlike a class action, involves many individual claims being filed over the same issue. If you have a Facebook account and streamed content on plus.ESPN.com, Hulu.com or DisneyPlus.com (not the associated apps), click the respective link below to learn more about the arbitration process and how you can join others taking action.
We’ve previously touched on how Bow Tie Cinemas and Harkins Theatres may be using website tracking tools to collect information about Facebook users who visit their websites – and now AMC Theatres has been added to the investigation. Specifically, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether the theaters’ websites passed certain information, such as the name of the movie and the user’s Facebook ID, along to Meta without consent when tickets were purchased online. It’s possible that class action lawsuits could be filed over potential violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act, a law that allows consumers to recover up to $2,500 per violation. The movie theater chains could also be forced to change their data privacy practices if lawsuits are filed and successful. So, if you bought movie tickets on AMCTheatres.com, BTMCinemas.com or Harkins.com, learn more about the investigation and what you can do right here.
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If you received a notice from Orlando Family Physicians stating that your personal information may have been affected by a data breach that occurred on or around April 15, 2021, you may be included in this settlement.
Finding an unexpected pool of water in your kitchen is immediately stressful, as some Aquasana customers have reported after their water filters began to leak. In response to these complaints, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a defect is causing Aquasana’s Claryum under-sink water filters to leak during normal use – posing a risk of flooding and property damage – and whether a class action lawsuit can be filed in response. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could give consumers a chance to get money back for repairs, replacement costs and property damage caused by a leaking water filter. It could also force Aquasana to redesign or stop selling the products. If you’ve had issues with your Aquasana Claryum water filter, including cracks or leaks, tell us about it here. You may be able to help get a lawsuit on file.
IKEA has agreed to pay over $24 million to settle allegations that it put consumers at an increased risk of identity theft by printing credit and debit card receipts that included too many digits of the card number used for the transaction. The settlement aims to cover anyone who, between October 18, 2017 and December 31, 2019, made a purchase at any IKEA retail location in the United States using a credit or debit card and was given a printed receipt that displayed the first six and last four digits of the card number. It’s estimated that payments will be between $30 and $60 per claim, but the deadline to file for compensation is May 4 – so be sure to get yours in before then. For a link to the official settlement site and what you need to know about filing a claim, head over to this page.
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