Rolling Stone Unlawfully Sold Readers' Data, Suit Says

Law360, New York (August 3, 2016, 8:32 PM EDT) -- The publisher of Rolling Stone magazine is running afoul of Michigan's Video Rental Privacy Act by selling its customers' names, subscription history and other personal information to "anyone willing to buy" the data, according to a putative class action recently filed in federal court.

In a complaint lodged Friday, longtime Rolling Stone subscriber Kyle Sullivan accused Wenner Media LLC — which also publishes Men's Health and Us Weekly — of playing fast and loose with customers' personal data by selling it off to third parties without informing its customers of the sale or obtaining their consent.

"After consumers subscribe to defendant's...

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