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Amazon Flash Cookie Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Reached


This is a settlement for the Internet/Technology lawsuit.

San Francisco, CA: A settlement has been agreed between Amazon.com and plaintiffs who filed a Flash cookie class action lawsuit against the online retailer in 2011. The lawsuit alleges Amazon.com circumvents the privacy settings of Internet Explorer users.

The lawsuit, entitled Del Vecchio v. Amazon, (Case No. C11-366RSL) claims that customers who used Microsoft' web browser, Internet Explorer, were essentially tricked into thinking the e-commerce site was "more privacy-protective than it actually is."The lawsuit further alleges Amazon used Flash cookies to collect users' personal information even if they had set their browser to block cookies. This information was then allegedly shared with other companies, without the consumer's permission, to send them targeted ads, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit was brought on behalf of anyone who visited and purchased products at Amazon.com while using Internet Explorer versions 6, 7 or 8, with high privacy settings. The plaintiffs are seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages, which could potentially be shared by millions of consumers. Details of the settlement agreement have not, so far, been made public, and court approval is required for the settlement to go ahead.

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Published on Nov-19-12


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