A large online advertising company has settled charges that it illegally collected private information about consumers’ internet browsing histories. The company failed to disclose that it was using software to engage in a practice called “history sniffing” to find out what web sites consumers visited.
The popular mobile children’s game Mobbles might be collecting personal information from children without providing notice to parents or attempting to get parental consent, in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. If your child has downloaded and plays Mobbles, please contact us to discuss your legal rights.
As we have repeatedly noted, identity theft is a multi-billion dollar problem. Identity theft often occurs because of negligence or unlawful behavior by companies. But you should also be wary of criminals trying to get your personal information by “phishing” scams. Criminals who “phish” will send you “too good to be true” offers from companies… Continue Reading
Internet consumers may not always know it, but sometimes when they participate in market research over the internet, they may be unwillingly downloading tracking software that is used in a way that violates their privacy rights.
One of the more pernicious trends in consumer law is the increasing use of surreptitious mandatory arbitration clauses by corporations. Unwilling or unable to defend their misdeeds in a court of law, many companies have added arbitration clauses in consumer contracts following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S…. Continue Reading
McDonalds, Viacom and other companies have been accused by consumer advocates of violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by using children to market their websites by encouraging sharing video, games and other content with friends.
Meiselman, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. (MDPCE) recently sued Zappos on behalf of the 24 million Zappos customers whose personal information (i.e. name, e-mail address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number and the last four digits of credit cards) was inadequately safeguarded and the subject of a data breach. Zappos tried to evade responsibility by… Continue Reading
WhatGreatSkin.com was the subject of an organized cyber-attack on or about August 28, 2012, during which time computer hackers may have obtained accessed customer names, addresses, and credit card details. If you are a customer or former customer of WhatGreatSkin.com, you should be extra cautious of phishing attempts for Social Security numbers, credit card information,… Continue Reading
One of the greatest advances for consumers is the availability of pricing information on the Internet. When it comes to booking a hotel reservation, the Internet is especially helpful as consumers can not only book a hotel room on line, but they can easily research competitive prices for all of the hotels in and around… Continue Reading
LegalZoom, Nolo and Rocket Lawyer a few of many websites advertising legal services and forms at prices much lower than the fees charged by lawyers. Consumer Reports evaluated those three services to see if they present a real alternative to a more expensive visit to a lawyer. Consumer Reports created a will, a car bill… Continue Reading
When we visit a new website or download a new app, we are often asked to “agree” to the terms of service. Many of us just blindly click the box without reading the terms, and in doing so, we could be unintentionally giving up some important rights. As reported by Time Moneyland, terms of service… Continue Reading
Have you recently used Expedia, Priceline, or Orbitz to shop for the cheapest hotel room? Odds are you were wasting your time. A class action lawsuit has reportedly been filed against Expedia, Inc., Hotels.com LP, Travelocity.com LP, Sabre Holdings Corporation, Booking.com Inc., Booking.com B.V., Priceline.com, Inc. Orbtiz Worldwide Inc., Hilton Worldwide Inc., Marriott International Inc.,… Continue Reading
Numerous companies, unwilling or unable to defend their misdeeds in a court of law, have begun surreptitiously inserting arbitration clauses in consumer contracts following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011), in which the Supreme Court struck down a state law prohibiting such clauses. More surprising… Continue Reading
Google Inc. has agreed to pay a record $22.5 million civil penalty to resolve federal charges that it disregarded consumers’ privacy settings on Apple’s Safari Web browser. The penalty, announced today by the Federal Trade Commission, is the largest ever imposed for violating a prior FTC order. Google, the developer of the world’s most popular… Continue Reading
In the modern world, identity theft is a dangerous and growing problem. Many of us regularly provide online retailers with our private information, such as our address and credit card information. We provide this information because companies ask for it and it is very difficult to do business online without disclosing private information. However, when… Continue Reading
According to BankInfoSecurity, Carol Lim, CEO of Opening Ceremony (a global online boutique based in New York), has announced that between February 16 and March 21, 2012, customers, who purchased products online have had details of their credit card information hacked. Ms. Lim states in a May 4 letter to customers, “Unfortunately, the hacker may… Continue Reading
One in five Americans does not have a high school diploma. Roughly 1 million Americans attempt to obtain a General Education Development (GED) diploma each year, and online scammers are looking to take advantage of them by offering bogus online GED diplomas. A simple internet search for “how to get a GED online” returns hundreds… Continue Reading
A person’s identity can be compromised and information stolen via the internet without an individual realizing that it has occurred, until a credit card bill shows purchases that were not made by the credit card holder, or a bank account shows withdrawals that were not made by the owners of the account. Oftentimes these breaches… Continue Reading
Justanswer.com, the online answer website that connects consumers with purportedly verified experts, is the subject of numerous complaints from dissatisfied visitors. According to the website, visitors ask a question, authorize a deposit, receive an answer, and accept the answer to pay the expert. Refunds are promised if the visitor is unhappy with the answer. Could… Continue Reading
As the computer becomes more ubiquitous in everyday life, consumers are increasingly requested to conduct their personal and professional business on the Internet. When consumers use their computers at home or at work, they reasonably expect that their Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) is not spying on them, cataloging their personal buying or web surfing habits, or… Continue Reading
Meiselman, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. is currently investigating a potential class action against the websites Classmates.com and Memory Lane for charging unauthorized fees to customers. Many consumers claim to have been victimized by this scam. Getting in touch with old friends is fun and the Internet has made reconnecting easier than ever. Unfortunately, some… Continue Reading
Credit scores play a big role in today’s economy. Your credit rating determines the interest rate your will pay on loans and it can even determine whether you can buy a house or a car. It’s a very good idea to closely monitor your credit rating and to promptly deal with any credit-related issues. However,… Continue Reading
Meiselman, Denela, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. is currently investigating a potential class action against LawCrossing.com, Employmentcrossing.com, AccountingCrossing.com, and other job-hunting websites for misleading consumers by getting people to sign up for memberships that are billed monthly and then making cancellation very difficult. Many consumers have complained about this "scam". In these difficult economic times,… Continue Reading
The internet seemingly provides a more convenient way to purchase almost anything, including a used car. Used cars are legitimately sold on eBay, Craigslist and countless other internet sites. But, not surprisingly, not all online car sellers and websites are legitimate. Online car shoppers are routinely falling prey to fraudulent vehicle sales and false claims of vehicle protection… Continue Reading