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Vizio just paid a big fine for doing exactly the same thing. In my opinion it is unfortunate that no jail time was attached to the settlement, but that's just me.
Condemning all attorneys who file class action lawsuits, because some attorneys profit more than their clients is not an accurate depiction of the private legal system. Neither is it accurate to say that all corporations sell out their customers.
The other mechanism for stopping unfair practices by corporations is federal and state government action. While it may be tempting to form a hasty generalization that all government action is useless, it is probably also not accurate.
The internet is still in its infancy. The rules are still being made. There seems to be a consensus that customers should have a right to privacy. Corporations who do not honor the privilege given to them by their constituents should have their behavior altered. It will not work to say "you are a naughty corporation; now you play fair", and they will magically come in line.
Corporations exist to make a profit. Action which affects their bottom line is one very effective way to alter their behavior. Bringing the full weight of the public and private legal system to bear will probably get their attention. Take away their money and things will change. Again I lament the fact that more bad actors are not in jail.
It is probably not realistic to expect that people who do the hard work of bringing evidence against the corporations will do that work pro bono or to think that government workers will volunteer their time. People may quibble over what is considered a reasonable profit for attorneys or they may point out problems with the government actions, but to condemn the entire process without proposing workable alternatives is counter productive.
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