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Protecting Consumers’ Privacy Rights

Girard Gibbs’ privacy lawyers help people across the country protect their privacy rights and seek redress when privacy violations occur. In the modern economy where sensitive personal information including medical, financial, and other personal records  is stored electronically , protecting personal information is increasingly difficult, but still vitally important.

Girard Gibbs Privacy Lawyers

The Girard Gibbs privacy lawyers litigate a wide range of privacy issues. Whether a company is improperly using personal records for profit, failing to safeguard data, or otherwise breaching its obligations, our lawyers may be able to help. Our attorneys represent victims of privacy violations in lawsuits involving:

These cases involved cutting-edge privacy issues and implicated laws designed to protect against privacy breaches in the digital age.

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Privacy laws in the United States

Over the last fifty years, numerous federal and state privacy laws have been enacted and updated in response to new technologies, information products, and data storage capabilities.

Although these laws have varying focuses, all of them protect against unauthorized use or collection of private records. Additionally, many of these laws allow consumers to file privacy lawsuits to hold companies accountable when they  collect or use information unlawfully.

Below are examples of notable privacy laws:

Cable Communications Policy Act (47 U.S.C. Section 551)

Cable television companies must inform their subscribers about the personal data collected and how that data is disclosed. The Act prohibits the collection and disclosure of personal information without authorization, and provides damage awards of at least $1,000, plus punitive damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees in lawsuits against cable television companies found in violation of the Act.

Electronic Communications Privacy Act (18 U.S.C. Section 2701 et seq.)

The ECPA is a computer privacy law that prohibits tampering with computers or accessing computerized records without authorization. Title I of the ECPA protects wire, oral, and electronic communications while in transit.

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (15 U.S.C. Sections 6801 et seq.)

The Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLB), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, is a financial privacy law that regulates the collection, disclosure, and protection of consumers’ personally identifiable, nonpublic information by financial institutions, such as banks, debt collectors, lenders, etc.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (Pub. Law No. 104-191 Sections 262,264: 45 C.F.R. Sections 160-164)

HIPAA addresses the security and privacy of health data maintained or transmitted by health plans, healthcare providers, healthcare clearinghouses, and other related entities. Supplementing other health privacy laws, HIPAA requires health plans and healthcare providers to provide a written notice of how protected health information about an individual will be used, as well as an accounting of the circumstances surrounding certain disclosures of the information.

Telephone Consumer Protection Act (47 U.S.C. Section 227)

The TCPA is a broad statute governing telemarketing in the United States and implicating cell phone privacy. It restricts the use of automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS text messages received by cell phones, and the use of fax machines to send unsolicited advertisements without consumer consent.

Video Privacy Protection Act (18 U.S.C. Section 2710)

The VPPA prohibits videotape sale or rental companies from disclosing customers’ names and addresses, or the subject matter of their purchases or rentals for marketing uses, unless the customers have been notified of their right to stop such disclosures. Video companies that violate the VPPA may be liable for damage awards of at least $2,500, punitive damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees.

Wiretap Statutes (18 U.S.C. S 2510 et seq.; 47 U.S.C. Section 605)

This Act prohibits the use of eavesdropping technology and the interception of electronic mail, radio communications, data transmission, and telephone calls without consent, safeguarding financial privacy and preserving other sensitive information.