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Judge Dismisses Data Aggregator Lawsuit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 8, 2011

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed one of two lawsuits filed against an online data aggregator after determining the plaintiff did not "allege he had been injured by Spokeo." MediaPost reports on privacy advocates' concerns about the information the company makes available, noting that although this case has been dismissed, the questions it poses "will almost certainly reappear in other litigation--especially given the wave of recent privacy lawsuits." The report also highlights a complaint brought before the FTC alleging that Spokeo "violates federal law by offering information about users' financial status and credit ratings without giving consumers the protections required by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act."
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