Spokeo and Concrete Harm: What It Means for E-Commerce, Privacy, and Security
In May, the Court sent the potential class action case back to the Ninth Circuit for reconsideration, marking an intermediary win for Spokeo, which uses a “people search engine” to find, compile, and sell publicly available personal information. The company came under fire for publishing inaccurate personal information about plaintiff Thomas Robins in a case that continues to shape US privacy and consumer protection law.
The ruling has already been cited in several recent privacy breach cases, affecting the plantiff's standing when their data is threatened. Only time will tell where this issue lands as we wait for the Ninth Circuit's next opinion and other pending cases, but in the meantime, the Spokeo decision will be relied upon by defendants in key data breach incidents.
To read Arent Fox's full insights on the case, click here.
This article was originally published in E-Commerce Law Reports.
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