Anyone with a Facebook account who subscribed to Us Weekly or any of its online newsletters and watched videos on UsMagazine.com within the past two years.
What’s Going On?
It’s believed that a tracking tool may have been used on Us Weekly’s website to record certain users’ activities and secretly share this data (specifically, what videos they watch) with Facebook. Attorneys are looking into whether a class action lawsuit can be filed over potential privacy violations.
How Could a Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit could help compensate subscribers and newsletter recipients whose privacy may have been violated. It could also potentially force the magazine’s owner to change its data privacy practices.
What You Can Do
If you’re an Us Weekly subscriber or newsletter recipient with a Facebook account who watched videos on UsMagazine.com, fill out the form on this page to find out how to help the investigation.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of Us Weekly magazine subscribers and newsletter recipients over potential privacy violations.
It’s believed that the magazine’s owner may have used a tracking tool called the Meta pixel on its website to secretly gather data about these individuals – specifically, their Facebook IDs and details about the videos they’ve watched on UsMagazine.com – and passed this data along to Meta without each person’s informed, written consent.
Attorneys suspect that the website’s operator may have violated the federal Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) by sharing consumers’ private information without permission.
If you’re a Facebook user who subscribed to Us Weekly (print or digital) or received one of its newsletters (including Us Daily, Stylish by Us or Shop with Us) and watched videos on UsMagazine.com within the past two years, fill out the form on this page. You may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started.
How Could Us Weekly 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 UsMagazine.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 Us Weekly’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 Us Weekly’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.
How Could a Class Action Lawsuit Help?
A class action lawsuit, if filed and successful, could help Us Weekly subscribers and newsletter recipients get back money for potential privacy violations.
Though there are no guarantees as to how much money each person could get through a class action lawsuit, the VPPA provides that companies may be responsible for paying consumers $2,500 for violations of the law.
A lawsuit could also potentially force Us Weekly’s owner to change its data privacy practices.
What You Can Do
If you have a Facebook account, subscribed to Us Weekly magazine (either print or digital) or signed up for one of its newsletters, and watched videos on UsMagazine.com within the past two years, fill out the form on this page.
After you get in touch, an attorney or legal representative may reach out to you directly to tell you more about how you may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started. It costs nothing to fill out the form or talk to someone about your legal options, and you’re not obligated to take legal action if you don’t want to.