Privacy

08/24/2012

Websites Allegedly Use Kids as Marketers

Child Email Privacy

McDonald's, General Mills, Subway, Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network could all be violating online privacy rules designed to protect children. On Wednesday, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and other consumer, privacy and children's advocacy groups plan to file five separate complaints against the companies with the Federal Trade Commission. The organizations allege that the businesses are engaging in marketing practices clearly at odds with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The rules limit the... Read More
08/24/2012

McDonalds, General Mills Violating Children’s Online Privacy?

Children Email Privacy Under Federal Law

Consumer advocacy groups are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate five companies– McDonald's, General Mills, Turner Broadcasting, Viacom, and Doctor's Associates'—for allegedly violating children's privacy laws in their online marketing campaigns. According to the report filed by 16 media and youth advocacy groups, children-facing websites from these companies illegally solicit personal information such as email addresses and photos from children under 13. Under the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) it is illegal to solicit personal information from under-13's without... Read More
01/20/2012

William M. Audet Asked to Speak on Internet Privacy Issues

Audet & Partners, LLP founder William M. Audet will be speaking at an upcoming legal seminar on issues related to mobile web applications. The seminar is entitled DEVELOPING APPLICATIONS FOR MOBILE DEVICES: Legal, Business And Regulatory Developments, and further information about this seminar is here at this link. Designed for attorneys, business executives in the wireless, mobile device, applications development and venture capital industries, business consultants and governmental officials, this seminar will cover numerous topics, including the following: Industry update: Where is the technology heading? Platforms:... Read More
12/23/2011

U.C.L.A. Health System Warns About Stolen Records

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA’s system of hospitals and clinics warned more than 16,000 patients that their personal information was on a computer hard drive stolen in the burglary of a doctor’s home, officials said Friday. The UCLA Health System sent letters to the 16,288 patients affected, warning them of possible identity theft and giving them contact information for a data security company the system has enlisted for help. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/05/us/ucla-health-system-warns-about-stolen-records.html Audet and Partners, LLP is currently investigating these claims. If you received... Read More
12/08/2011

AUDET & PARTNERS, LLP Filed a Class Action Complaint Against Sutter Health and Sutter Medical Foundation

AUDET & PARTNERS, LLP filed a class action complaint against Sutter Health and Sutter Medical Foundation (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Sutter”) in Sacramento County Superior Court  on December 5, 2011, for violations of the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA), among other statutes. The case arises out of Sutter’s alleged failure to take adequate measures to properly protect its patients’ confidential medical information. Specifically, a desktop computer containing records regarding the medical diagnoses... Read More
11/30/2011

Nearly 5 Million TRICARE Records Stolen From a Contractors Vehicle

SOUTHEAST TEXAS - A Southeast Texas woman is among nearly 5 million military patients whose personal information might be compromised from a theft, a theft some are just now learning about. Two months ago someone stole the electronic records from a contractor's car in San Antonio. The data includes Social Security numbers, medical records and private information. Read more: http://www.kfdm.com/articles/records-45876-stolen-security.html#ixzz1fDu7GJdw Audet and Partners, LLP is currently investigating these... Read More
11/03/2011

Re: Google Android Consumer Privacy Litigation

Audet & Partners, LLP, attorney William M. Audet was recently appointed as co-interim lead counsel in a class action case against Google involving allegations of invasion of privacy on behalf of the class of android users.  The firm was appointed by the Federal Court in the Northern District of California.  A copy of the Court’s order can be found here. For more information about the firm and its work protecting consumers, visit the firm’s website at... Read More
11/02/2011

Update: Audet & Partners, LLP Opposes Private Arbitration Against The Finish Line, Inc.

Audet & Partners, LLP recently filed a lawsuit for invasion of privacy in Federal Court against The Finish Line, Inc., a nationwide sports apparel retailer. The Complaint alleges, inter alia, that the company’s manager in the Milpitas, California store set up a hidden video camera in the change room and restroom to secretly record female employees. Finish Line responded to the lawsuit by filing a motion to dismiss the case from Federal Court, and to force the  five current and... Read More
08/09/2011

Retailer “Finish Line” and Defendant “David Meyer” Sued Over Bathroom Video Taping.

Defendant Finish Line is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Indianapolis, Indiana. Finish Line is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel, and accessories. Currently, Finish Line owns and operates 660 stores in malls across the United States, including 44 stores throughout the state of California. On multiple occasions, between approximately December 2009 and April 2010, during regular business hours and while acting within the scope of his employment, Defendant Meyer secretly placed a concealed video camera... Read More