A Washington, D.C. resident has filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court against a website which is allegedly selling financial and personal information about individuals without their consent.
In the proposed class-action lawsuit, Tom Robins alleges that Spokeo.com violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act(FCRA) by collecting data from online and traditional sources and publishing the information.
The website allows Internet users to search for anyone by name, e-mail address or phone number. According to the allegation, Spokeo provides searchers with in-depth consumer reports, including the person's address, marital status, age, occupation, wealth level and a credit/economic health estimate.
Spokeo makes much of the information available for free, but reserves the most detailed and personal information for paid subscribers, Robins contended.