Knowing Your Rights: Technology Advances Can Lead to Consumer Privacy Violations

In this day and age, advances in technology present opportunities for new ways to violate consumer privacy rights. With the development of new apps and services to make our lives easier, we make ourselves vulnerable to having personal information in the hands of the wrong people.

There are several things to consider when sharing personal information and the access to this information online. Knowing your rights is the best way to protect yourself. Read the terms and conditions properly. Misleading directions can lead to names, phone numbers, addresses, emails and other private details being used in ways unknown to the user. If you are unsure about what you are allowing access to, stop using the service.

In the event you find yourself a victim of privacy violation, legal action might be an option. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) helps protect users against automated services, unsolicited calls, messages or other spam texts that encourage the purchase of goods, services or investments. The establishment of the TCPA has led to the filing of class action lawsuits, including one recent example reported on by Law360.

Seth Lehrman, along with co-counsel, settled class action TCPA cases against Gallup and The Harvard Drug Group. Lehrman litigates class actions in state and federal courts in Florida, California and across the United States, including FCRA claims on behalf of consumers. He can be reached at [email protected] or 1-800-400-1098 during business hours on Eastern Standard Time.