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Classmates.com Hit with Class Action Lawsuit for Privacy Violations

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Do you use Classmates.com or have you in the past? If so, you might like to hear about this interesting bit of news. The company is being hit with a class action lawsuit for privacy violations.

The settlement is for anyone residing in the United States who were registered with or subscribed to www.classmates.com at any time beginning on October 30, 2004 through February 23, 2011. The lawsuit claims “Classmates sent e-mail to subscribers of www.classmates.com that violated the law and the privacy rights of subscribers”, among other things.

Classmates has denied any wrongdoing, but has agreed, because of risks and expenses of continuing this lawsuit, that a settlement is appropriate.

What will you get if you join the settlement? They’ve guesstimated around $10 per person, payable through Paypal or a physical check. That’s obviously not a lot of money, but most likely people will join the lawsuit to make a statement regarding their privacy.

To access the claim form, go here.

This lawsuit opens up some interesting questions as to what can happen if the public’s privacy is violated. Facebook has beefed up their privacy and others might want to take note of this.

So, let’s open up the discussion – What does this lawsuit say to you about privacy violations and should other companies pay attention to it?

Julie Bonner covers breaking news in several different areas for the BlogWorld Blog. After blogging in a variety of topics, she found her calling in the world of toys and owns ToyXplosion, a site dedicated to all things toys. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter (@juliebonner).


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  • Jason

    For some reason the author of this article has linked to the claim form using a special link that pre-fills the form with her (or someone else’s) claim and control numbers. Just an FYI for anyone who wants to make a claim, make sure you don’t submit it with the author’s info filled in, just in case they track submissions by IP and won’t let you make your own claim again later.

  • SC

    Hi,
    Is this really true?
    Thanks!

  • Eve

    My main concern about Classmates.com is that they keep helping themselves to a yearly membership fee via charge account without authorization. How can the charge companies allow this to be done. I don’t know how to stop it.     

    • Susiecoupon

      Call your bank and tell them you have not authorized the charge. Or close that account. Fight for your money!

    • Anonymous

      You can turn off the autopay feature in Classmates. Autopay and auto-renewal are common features for all kinds of services, and many customers find them convenient for services they plan on using continuously. I use autopay for my auto and homeowners insurance (which is not paid out of a mortgage escrow account).

    • Jayo5032001

      put a stop payment on it…

  • Glenna

    When you click the link, go to view prior settlement filing, and enter your email address, it will bring up the form for you to fill in.  

  • Arteest103

    It took me FOREVER to get them to take my name off their school rolls. I called numerous times and it wasn’t until I told them I’m Canadian and we have a dynamite Privacy Commission that they removed my name.

  • Sean Ryan Blanford

    I just got the email sent to me tonight. I will be dreaming tonight of all the ways I will be spending my somewhere around ten dollars.

    • Tricia2787

      That ten bucks can go towards buying a sandwich at Subway.

  • Tricia2787

    I wasn’t that impressed with classmates.com. Right away they showed me a yearbook photo from the 1978 yearbook of my old high school. Only one problem, I graduated in 1992, not the 1970’s. I didn’t wear bell bottoms, didn’t rock an Afro hairstyle, nor did I do the hustle. Not that there is anything wrong with that, per say, but they should be more aware of the time period that a person graduated from. It was really stupid.

  • Tricia2787

    Another annoying thing is when they say that someone has signed your guest book, so when your curiosity gets the better of you, you look to see who has signed your guest book, but the name is so blurry that you get a migraine headache from looking at it. They are just trying to get more money from people who might be innocently trying to find their old friends, or find out if their twenty year reunion is coming up, which mine is. Another issue I have is that they say that just anyone could sign your guest book, that’s crazy. The thought of just anyone seeing my profile gives me the creeps. This can cause unwanted problems, such as a stalker, or a person could steal my identity. God, I hope that doesn’t happen.

  • Tricia2787

    I have a situation. I realized that I’m being stalked, some man or woman named Keri something. Anyway, he or she keeps sending me dirty emails. I wonder if he or she saw my profile somewhere, or maybe they were reading classmates.com and saw my name and picture. I’m really pissed off. I feel violated. I have suggestions for classmates.com, improve your customer services, and protect your clients privacy.

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