Did Variety Violate Subscribers’ Privacy? Attorneys Investigate Suspected Data Sharing

Last Updated on October 26, 2023

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects:
Anyone who signed up for a subscription or newsletter with Variety.com, has watched videos on the website and also has a Facebook account.
What’s Going On?
It’s believed that Penske Media Corporation (PMC), the owner of Variety.com, may have used a tracking tool on its website to record some users' activities – specifically, which videos they watch – and secretly shared this data with Facebook. Attorneys are now gathering Variety.com subscribers and newsletter recipients to take action over potential privacy violations.
What You Can Do
If you’re a Variety.com subscriber (i.e., you registered for a Print Plus or VIP account, or you signed up for the newsletter) who watched videos on the website and you also 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 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.
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