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Insurance Company Agrees to Breach Settlement

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 14, 2011

CBS reports that Progressive Direct Insurance has agreed to a $125,000 cash settlement following allegations the company broke Massachusetts state law by "using customers' private credit information." The consumer complaint alleged the company allowed customers to "unknowingly link to a private credit inquiry to calculate insurance rates," the report states, noting the link to the credit inquiry was removed from the company's website last month. Editor's Note: On Friday, the IAPP will host a Web conference on "The Evolving Nature of Privacy 'Harm'" in the courts.
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