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11th Cir. Holds Obtaining Consumer Report for Verification and Eligibility Is a Permissible Purpose

In a case of first impression for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the Court joined the Sixth Circuit in holding that obtaining a consumer report to verify a consumer’s identity and eligibility for a service is a “legitimate business need” and therefore a “permissible purpose” under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Calif. App. Court (4th Dist) Rejects Jurisdictional Challenge in Website Accessibility Case

In an action challenging the accessibility of a website to blind and visually impaired people, the Court of Appeals of the State of California, Fourth Appellate District, recently held that a California court may exercise specific jurisdiction over a Georgia LLC where the LLC purposefully availed itself of the privilege of conducting business in California by sending catalogs and selling over $300,000 worth of goods to California residents.

‘Consumer Data Privacy Act’ Introduced in Mississippi With Expansive Coverage

Legislators in Mississippi recently introduced SB 2548. the "Mississippi Consumer Data Privacy Act." The bill contains provisions similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act but goes further than the CCPA with a lower annual gross revenue threshold, applying to any for-profit business, or any entity that controls or is controlled by such a business, that does business in Mississippi.

Arizona Privacy Legislation – Right, Left and Center(ish)

Consumer data privacy appears to be on the minds of legislators in Arizona this session.  As previously mentioned, House Concurrent Resolution 2013 was introduced in Arizona on Jan. 10, 2020, by five Republicans and one Democrat declaring: That the Members of the Legislature oppose the enactment of laws, the adoption of regulations or the imposition of out-of-state standards that would restrict or otherwise dictate standards related to consumer data privacy, absent a clear nexus with consumer harm. That the Members of the Legislature believe a single federal standard for comprehensive consumer data privacy regulation is preferable to a state-by-state approach. Not…

Calif. App. Court (4th Dist) Holds ‘Always On’ Call Recorder May Violate Calif. Invasion of Privacy Act

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, recently reversed summary judgment awarded in favor of the defendant based on violations of the California Invasion of Privacy Act, which prohibits the recording of confidential communications without the knowledge or consent of the other party, and the intentional recording of communications using a cellular or cordless telephone. In so ruling, the Appellate Court held that the defendant could not establish that it lacked the requisite intent to violate the Privacy Act, because the defendant’s full-time “always on” recording system recorded all calls on the company phones regardless of whether the calls were…

11th Cir. Reverses Limited Atty Fee Award Where Plaintiff Had No Actual Damages But Proved Statutory Violation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a trial court’s award of $2,500 in statutory damages to a plaintiff whose private information was improperly viewed by a sheriff’s deputy who had a romantic relationship with the plaintiff’s ex-husband in violation of the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), holding that the statute did not provide for cumulative damages of $2,500 per violation. In so ruling, the Court reversed the trial court’s award of only 10 percent of the amount of attorney’s fees requested by the plaintiff’s counsel. The trial court limited the attorney fee award because…

2nd Cir. Upholds Dismissal of Data Breach Action for Lack of Standing, Distinguishes 7th Cir. Rulings

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a “data breach” lawsuit against a retailer, holding that the plaintiff lacked standing for failure to allege a cognizable injury. A copy of the opinion in Whalen v. Michaels Stores, Inc. is available at:  Link to Opinion. The plaintiff made credit card purchases at a retail store and, two weeks later, her credit card information was fraudulently presented to make purchases in a foreign country. The plaintiff immediately cancelled her credit card and the fraudulent charges were not incurred on the card, nor was she liable for…