US Senate Rolls Out Data Privacy Bill: How this May Affect Your Settlement Eligibility
It has become a recurring theme in the legal world: major tech companies under scrutiny for their use of customers’ personal data. Mitena Partners has been assisting clients through this recent development by tracking class action lawsuits concerning privacy, helping recover settlement money in cases involving companies like Tik Tok, Facebook, Instagram, and Apple.
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, or BIPA, was passed to fight back against misuse of personal data. This law has helped people receive compensatory settlements when their data has been compromised or used wrongfully.
The passing of privacy legislation such as BIPA on the state level is pressuring federal legislators to focus on protecting Americans’ online information on a more national scale. On May 20, Sen. Amy Klobuchar submitted a bipartisan bill that would force websites to grant users greater control over their data and allow them to opt out of data tracking and collection.
“For too long companies have profited off of Americans’ online data while consumers have been left in the dark. This legislation will protect and empower consumers by allowing them to make choices about how companies use their data and inform them of how they can protect personal information.”
A nationwide privacy act not only helps Americans protect their personal data, but it could mean larger class action settlements. In the Tik Tok settlement agreed upon in March, Illinois subclass members will receive almost six times the amount as other class members nationwide, thanks in large part to BIPA. More focus on tech companies’ handling of customer data may also lead to more settlement cases.
With the ubiquity of big tech in our modern lifestyles, chances are you might qualify for a settlement now or in the future. If so, turn to the expertise of Mitena Partners to help maximize your share of any settlement. We eliminate the burden of claim filing and keeping up to date with potential settlements so you can focus on your job or business. Sign up for our newsletter or keep up with our blog to stay in the loop. As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.