Consumer Reports Hit With Reader-Data Privacy Class Action

By Bonnie Eslinger (April 1, 2016, 11:02 PM EDT) -- A Consumer Reports reader hit the magazine's publisher with a putative class action lawsuit Friday in New York federal court, claiming the buyer-advocate, in violation of his state's privacy law, sold his subscription data and now he's inundated with junk mail and telephone solicitations.

In his suit against the Consumers Union of the United States, Michigan resident Don Ruppel says he was never told the publisher sells its customer data, he never authorized disclosure of his personal information, and was never provided any means of opting out. Potential damages sought could run in the millions of dollars.

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