Supreme Court Remands Consumer Privacy Case for Further Consideration

The Supreme Court has ruled in Spokeo v. Robins, a case brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act concerning the sale of inaccurate personal data. The Court said it was necessary to determine whether plaintiffs injuries were sufficiently "concrete." Justice Ginsburg, in a dissenting opinion, wrote that remand was unnecessary, "Spokeo's misinformation 'cause[s] actual harm to [his] employment prospects.'" EPIC filed an amicus brief, joined by thirty-one technical experts and legal scholars, citing the national epidemic of data breaches. EPIC wrote  this is "not the time for the Supreme Court to limit the ability of individuals to seek redress for violations of privacy rights set out by Congress."

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