Facebook Health Data Privacy Investigation

06.20.2022

Girard Sharp attorneys are investigating reports that Facebook is collecting highly sensitive personal health data through its pixel tracking technology from the websites of certain hospitals and “crisis pregnancy centers”—particularly centers within the Heartbeat International network—without notifying users or obtaining consent.

If you recently visited a Heartbeat International crisis pregnancy center website or the websites of any of the hospitals listed below, talk to a Girard Sharp data privacy attorney by calling us toll-free at (866) 981-4800 or filling out the form below. You may be entitled to relief for the improper disclosure of your personal information.

Hospitals included in this investigation include:

  • Nemours Children’s Health
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • UCLA Reagan Medical Center
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Duke University Hospital
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • University of Chicago Medical Center
  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • Scripp Memorial Hospital La Jolla
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Sanford USD Medical Center
  • UPMC Presbyterian & Shadyside
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Jefferson Health – Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • UnityPoint Health – Meriter
  • Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Joseph Mercy Chelsea
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital
  • Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Tampa General Hospital
  • MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center
  • Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • El Camino Hospital
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

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More About This Investigation

Recent investigations by The Markup report that Facebook’s Meta Pixel tracking technology is coded into the websites of many of the top hospitals in America, and into the websites of certain “crisis pregnancy centers”— clinics that are typically run by religious organizations. The Meta Pixel tracker is reportedly collecting patients’ sensitive health information—including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, doctor’s appointments, and whether someone is considering an abortion—and sending it to Facebook. The Meta Pixel tracker is connected to a user’s IP address and collects data regardless of whether or not a person is logged into their Facebook account. The data that is sent to Facebook can be used by advertisers to target certain users.

Despite a policy within Meta (Facebook’s parent company) that prohibits the use of its advertising technology to send “sexual and reproductive health” data to Facebook, the investigation revealed that Facebook pixel tracking was coded into the websites of hundreds of crisis pregnancy centers and at least 33 of the top 100 hospitals in the U.S. (listed above).

If you recently visited a website for a crisis pregnancy center or any of the hospitals listed above, you may be entitled to relief for the violation of your privacy rights. Fill out the form above or call (866) 981-4800 to talk to a Girard Sharp attorney about your potential claim.

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Girard Sharp has earned national Tier 1 rankings for Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation and has been named to the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list each year since 2013. Read about some of our results.

Our firm is a nationally recognized leader in class action litigation and arbitration of claims brought by consumers alleging privacy invasions, manufacturing defects, and false advertising. We are committed to advancing and protecting the rights of every citizen to control their own personal information and be free of hidden or undisclosed tracking.

In previous cases, we have successfully applied privacy laws on behalf of our clients to lead litigation that held websites and other companies accountable for alleged privacy violations. For example, in the Lenovo spyware litigation, Girard Sharp and its co-lead counsel negotiated a favorable settlement after the court certified a nationwide class of computer purchasers whose online activities were surreptitiously monitored by pre-installed software that degraded the computers’ performance, operating continuously in the background as it analyzed browsing activity and injected ads into visited webpages.

As lead counsel in the OPM data breach litigation, we obtained a reversal of the dismissal of claims brought on behalf of 22 million federal employees and job applicants whose highly personal facts were hacked and stolen. We then negotiated a settlement that, pending court approval, will provide for minimum $700 payments to class members with compensable loss. Similarly, in Corona v. Sony Pictures Entertainment, we represented Sony employees in the wake of a cyberattack attributed to North Korea as retaliation for the parody film The Interview. Girard Sharp and its co-lead counsel secured a settlement that fully reimbursed class members’ actual losses and provided extended credit monitoring—a structure adopted in many subsequent data breach settlement.

We also represented non-Yahoo subscribers whose emails with Yahoo email subscribers were illegally intercepted and scanned by Yahoo. As a result of our litigation efforts, Yahoo restructured its email delivery architecture so that incoming and outgoing email traffic is no longer intercepted while in transit—bringing its scanning practices into compliance with federal law—and fairly disclosed its email scanning practices. The Honorable Lucy H. Koh noted that “Class Counsel achieved these benefits” after prosecuting the case for the affected individuals “in an effective and cost-efficient manner.” 2016 WL 4474612 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 25, 2016).

For a free consultation about your potential claims, contact one of our attorneys at (866) 981-4800 or submit your information above.

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