Massive Online Data Collection Class Action Lawsuit Moves Forward
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Categories: U.S. Federal Law

On June 11, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit denied software maker comScore, Inc.’s petition to appeal class certification in a litigation related to comScore software that allegedly collected extensive data from consumers’ computers without authorization. The plaintiffs alleged that comScore (an online analytics company) gathered data from consumers’ computers through software that it bundled with third-party software, such as free screensavers, games, music-copying programs and greeting card templates. According to the plaintiffs, this software collected data including “the monitored consumer’s usernames and passwords; queries on search engines...; the website(s) the monitored consumer is currently viewing; credit card numbers and any financial or otherwise sensitive information inputted into any website the monitored consumer views; the goods purchased online by the monitored consumer, the price paid by the monitored consumer for the goods, and amount of time the monitored consumer views the goods before purchase; and specific advertisements clicked by the monitored consumer,” as well as data about all files on the consumer’s computer.

The plaintiffs alleged that comScore’s Terms of Service did not disclose the extent of the data collection, and that comScore used the data it collected without their authorization to develop analytics products focused on consumer behavior.


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