Song-Beverly Act

A class-action lawsuit filed last month alleges that Wal-Mart’s video recording technology at its self-service checkout kiosks collects “personal identification information” in violation of the California Song-Beverly Act Credit Card Act of 1971 (“Song-Beverly Act”).  The Song-Beverly Act, like analogous statutes in several other states, generally prohibits businesses from recording customers’ “personal identification information” as

Fast fashion retailer Forever 21 Retail Inc. faces a putative class action lawsuit alleging that the retailer violated California law by requesting and recording shoppers’ credit card numbers and personal identification information at the point-of-sale.

Forever 21 shopper Tamar Estanboulian filed the lawsuit on September 7 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  Estanboulian alleges that Forever 21 has a policy requiring its cashiers to request and record credit card numbers and personal identification information from customers using credit cards at the point-of-sale in Forever 21’s retail stores in violation of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971, California Civil Code § 1747.08.  The complaint further alleges that the retailer pairs the obtained personal identification information with the shopper’s name obtained from the credit card used to make the purchase to get additional personal information.

According to the complaint, Estanboulian purchased merchandise with a credit card at a Forever 21 store in Los Angeles, CA this summer.  The cashier asked Estanboulian for her email address without informing her of the consequences of not providing the information.  Estanboulian alleges that she provided her email address because she believed that it was required to complete the transaction and receive a receipt.  She also claims that she witnessed cashiers asking other shoppers for their email addresses.  Shortly after completing her purchase and leaving the store, Estanboulian received a promotional email from Forever 21.Continue Reading Forever 21 Faces Point-of-Sale Data Collection Class Action Lawsuit