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If you are a Facebook/Meta user and have watched a video on any Pearson Education, Inc. website, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation. The national class action law firm, Levin Law, P.A., is investigating Pearson Education, Inc. PearsonVue, Pearson Online Academy, Pearson+, and other Pearson companies for violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”). The VPPA was passed in an effort to protect consumers from the unconsented disclosure of their video viewing history and other information. The VPPA provides that companies that improperly share subscriber’s video-viewing history may be liable to each subscriber for $2,500, punitive damages, equitable relief and attorney’s fees for violating the VPPA. Our initial research indicates that Pearson Education is sharing at least some of its users’ video viewing history with Facebook/Meta.
If you have watched a video, tutorial, lesson, or any other educational video using a Pearson Education account in the last 12 months and were a Facebook/Meta user during that time, you may be entitled to participate in a class-action lawsuit against Pearson to obtain compensation. Levin Law pursues most such cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that Levin Law is not compensated unless it recovers money for you.
Such current or former Pearson customers are encouraged to contact Levin Law, P.A. at (305) 402-9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free case evaluation. Levin Law founder and managing attorney, Brian Levin has secured millions of dollars on behalf of clients nationwide.
The Video Privacy Protection Act was originally passed in 1988. In effect, it prohibited the disclosure of a person’s personal information and video viewing history without informed consent. It was designed to protect consumers from the unlawful sharing of video rental records that contained “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) without the subscriber’s consent. PII includes information that directly identifies an individual and may include their name, address, social security number or other identifying number or code, telephone number, and email address.
When a user watches a video on a company’s website or app, the company has the ability to collect and share the user’s personal data with third parties such as Facebook. This data sharing often occurs without the user’s knowledge or consent, in which case the consumer’s rights under the VPPA may have been violated, entitling the user to pursue a claim against Pearson for compensation as provided for in the VPPA.
In 2013, Congress amended certain provisions of VPPA. Under the amendments, consent may be obtained through electronic means and may be given either at the time the disclosure is sought or any time up to two years in advance. Furthermore, providers must give consumers a “clear and conspicuous” way to withdraw consent.
If your information was shared without your consent, please contact Levin Law, P.A. to discuss your rights with an attorney. Sharing data with a third party may be considered a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act and a direct invasion of your privacy.
VPPA cases are handled on a contingency-fee basis, meaning clients are not responsible for Levin Law’s attorney fees unless money is recovered on their behalf. Levin Law attorneys have recovered over $150,000,000 for consumers throughout the world.