Could be the “largest privacy case ever tried,” lawyer predicts
A federal judge has green-lighted a class action lawsuit against comScore, the internet data measuring company that tracks consumersâ€™ web activity and then provides analytics and other data to companies.
The suit, filed in 2011, alleges that comScore entices web surfers with screensavers and offers of prizes, then collects sensitive personal information including social security numbers, usernames and passwords, and credit card data.
James Holderman, a U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois, granted class status to the lawsuit. Under Holdermanâ€™s order, the plaintiffs will represent â€œall individuals who have had, at any time since 2005, downloaded and installed comScoreâ€™s tracking software onto their computers via one of comScoreâ€™s third party bundling partners.â€
The judge also certified a smaller subclass consisting of â€œall class members not presented with a functional hyperlink to an end-user license agreement before installing comScoreâ€™s software onto their computersâ€.
The action was filed on behalf of Mike Harris of Illinois and Jeff Dunstan of California.
comScore takes aim at law firm
In aÂ Â on its website, comScore cited aÂ Business InsiderÂ article that it says â€œsuggests that [plaintiff firm Edelson McGuireâ€™s] modus operandi appears to be to â€˜target large and growing companies with deep pockets, find something nitpicky to sue them overâ€™ then garner a â€˜settlement from the accused company who is willing to pay Cheap Shoes for Women just to make the litigation go away.â€™â€
comScore lists several other companies that it says â€œhave been targeted by Edelson,â€ including â€œGroupon, Facebook, Zynga, TimeWarner, Yahoo!, Grubhub, RockYou, Match.com, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase.â€
Could be, butÂ Jay Edelson, one of the plaintiffsâ€™ lawyers, told NBC viaÂ Â that he expects the case â€œwill be the largest privacy case ever to be tried.”
The plaintiffs allege violations of several federal statutes, including the Electronic Privacy Communication Act (ECPA), the Stored Communication Act (SCA), and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
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