Anyone in California, Pennsylvania or Florida who has both a Facebook and a Shutterstock account and visited Shutterstock.com within the past two years.
What’s Going On?
It’s believed that Shutterstock may have used a tracking tool on its website to collect users’ personal information and secretly share it with Facebook for advertising purposes. Attorneys are now gathering Shutterstock accountholders to take action over potential privacy violations.
What You Can Do
If you use Shutterstock and have a Facebook account, join others taking action by filling out the form linked 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 a class action lawsuit 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, state privacy laws in California, Pennsylvania and Florida provide that consumers could be owed anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for violations.
Are you a Facebook user who visited Shutterstock.com?
If so, join others taking action over potential privacy violations. It doesn’t cost anything to sign up, and all you need to do is fill out a quick form using the link below.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are gathering Shutterstock accountholders in California, Pennsylvania and Florida to take action against the company over potential privacy violations.
It’s believed that Shutterstock may have used a tracking tool called the Meta pixel on its website to secretly gather information about users’ activities – including purchases they make, projects they’re working on and any content they view on the site – and pass along the data to Meta without each person’s consent.
Attorneys suspect that Shutterstock may have violated California, Pennsylvania and Florida privacy laws by sharing consumers’ online communications without permission.
If you have both a Facebook and a Shutterstock account and you’ve visited Shutterstock.com, join others taking action by filling out this quick, secure form – or keep reading for more information.
How Could Shutterstock 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 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.
In the case of Shutterstock.com, attorneys suspect that the pixel may be collecting information about accountholders’ private communications and activities – including the purchases they’ve made, the projects they’re working on and any pictures and videos they view – 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 their online activity.
It’s believed that Shutterstock’s suspected data sharing practices may violate California, Pennsylvania and Florida privacy laws that prohibit the disclosure of consumers’ online communications 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.”
Shutterstock’s terms of service contain both a class action waiver and an arbitration clause requiring users to resolve any disputes through arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution that takes place outside of court before a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury. 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 could get or whether your claim will be successful. However, privacy laws in California, Pennsylvania and Florida provide that consumers may be owed from $1,000 to $5,000 for violations.
Sign Up and Take Action
If you’re a California, Pennsylvania or Florida resident with both a Facebook and Shutterstock account and you visited Shutterstock.com within the past two years, take action today. Sign up by filling out this quick, secure form.