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Daily Dashboard | Brnovich: Consumers must receive financial compensation in privacy settlements Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, Jan. 18, 2019

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In an op-ed for The Hill, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich looks at one way tech companies can be motivated to take privacy issues more seriously. Brnovich cites the Frank v. Gaos case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear. Google reached an $8.5 million settlement in the case; however, none of the money will go to consumers. Instead, it will go to class-action attorneys and charities of the tech company’s choice. Brnovich writes it is vital for consumers to receive financial benefits in these cases. “I urge the courts to demand that settlements be designed to directly benefit the class members who give up their claims as part of the settlement,” Brnovich writes. “Not only would this help stop class action settlement abuse, it would also help ensure these tech giants take privacy more seriously.”
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