MA Cookie Settlement Explained

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What is the MA cookie settlement?

The Massachusetts hospitals internet cookie settlement was a little different from other data breach settlements. Most people spend more time online than they do with their kids. Therefore, selling browsing habits, such as the websites people visit, is a very big business. Harvesting and transferring this information without proper consent is illegal under federal law. But that doesn’t prevent companies from doing it.

Roughly three dozen healthcare organizations, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Salem Hospital, paid more than $18 million to resolve claims that they illegally transferred this personal information. The parties signed these agreements in September 2021. If it wasn’t for the MA cookie class action matter, these hospitals would probably still be selling cookie. data today.

Is the MA cookie settlement legitimate?

Absolutely. According to court documents, “the defendants did not obtain sufficient consent when placing third party analytics tools, cookies and pixels on their general and publicly accessible websites.” Furthermore, these entities used cookies to gather information about patients and sold this information to third parties, also according to court documents.

How much will I get from MA cookie settlement?

Class members who opt into the settlement will receive payments of up to $100 each, depending on the number of individuals who submit claims.

People who opt out, either by filing paperwork or doing nothing, could have an independent right of action and might be entitled to more compensation. But it’s hard enough to take on one hospital in court. Taking on three dozen hospitals in court is pretty much a lost cause.

Understandably, many of these victims feel violated and don’t think $100 is adequate compensation. However, it’s better than nothing, which is what they’d probably get otherwise.

What is the MA cookie settlement phone number?

Click here for more information about settlement nuts and bolts, including a proposed payment schedule.

What is a summary notice of class action settlement?

Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a summary notice must include all important information about the class action lawsuit, such as the pendency of a class action, a class action certification, proposed settlement, and proposed attorneys’ fees.

Getting an unsolicited legal notice is almost as unsettling as the illegal use of cookies. Rest assured that you didn’t sign up for something and your personal information wasn’t disclosed to anyone. The plaintiffs probably got your name off a customer list that was produced during discovery.

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Bret Thurman

Bret is a former lawyer and full-time writer who knows how to simplify complex topics. He received his law degree from the University of Texas at Austin. For over twenty years, he handled a wide variety of cases, including criminal defense, personal injury, family law, and consumer bankruptcy.

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