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Suit: Company Flouted Privacy Settings

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 4, 2011

A class-action lawsuit is alleging that Amazon.com "fraudulently circumvents users' Web-browser privacy settings to collect personal information without permission and share it with other companies," the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle, alleges the site used code to convince a Web browser that its privacy policy aligned with users' privacy settings when, instead, it would "collect users' personal information even if they have set their browser to block it." The class-action, which represents anyone who accessed Amazon using specific Internet Explorer versions with privacy protection settings in place, contends the site "shares users' PII with third parties for those third parties' independent use and does not disclose this fact to consumers."
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