Risk of class-action litigation against collectors of personal details especially palpable, says Patrick Flaherty in Financial Post

Collectors of User Data at Risk of Class-Action Suits, Lawyer Warns

June 06, 2012

As smartphones and other mobile devices proliferate, user information is also expanding rapidly as is the potential for its misuse. It all makes the risk of class-action litigation against anyone who collects personal details especially "palpable," Patrick Flaherty said during a presentation on the potential of customer data at the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto. Class-action lawyers see a rich opportunity due to the large number of possible plaintiffs, he said, plus a growing body of law in the United States where mass-breach cases are proceeding and yielding huge damage awards offers further encouragement to the Canadian plaintiff bar.

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