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Suit Claims Data Sales Deprived Customers

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 15, 2011

Walgreen Co is the target of class-action lawsuit related to how the company profits from customers' prescription data. The suit claims that Walgreens deprives its customers of the "commercial value of their own prescription information," by selling it to data mining companies, Reuters reports. "We believe this information belongs to the patient who paid for the drug, not the pharmacy," said a lawyer for the plaintiffs. Last week, a Pennsylvania man filed suit against another drugstore chain for similar activities, but that suit alleges the activity violated the privacy of consumers.
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