Instagram Policy Ruling Shows How To Avoid Privacy Suits

By Allison Grande (March 12, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT) -- A California judge recently rejected a proposed class action challenging contractual changes Instagram LLC made to the way it handles user information, a ruling that shows companies can insulate themselves from privacy suits by properly informing users of policy revisions and allowing them to opt out.

In a Feb. 28 order sustaining Instagram's demurrer without leave to amend, Superior Court Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow shut down plaintiff Lucy Rodriguez' putative class action alleging that Instagram breached its contract with users and violated California's unfair competition law by rolling out terms of use changes in December 2012 that, among other things, granted...

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