San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera brought an action against MeetMe, a social networking platform that facilitates interactions among strangers. The City alleged that MeetMe failed to adequately protect the privacy of its users and unlawfully published minors' profiles, photos, and geolocation data, which could enable sexual predators to victimize children as young as 13 years old. SFALP students drafted motions and researched legal theories in the consumer protection case, which settled in 2015 with an agreement by MeetMe to implement significant safeguards for users under the age of 18.
After a massive data breach that compromised the personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers, San Francisco became the first city to sue Equifax for placing the 15 million California consumers who purchased Equifax services at risk of identity theft. The City asserted that Equifax's unreasonable security procedures and practices, untimely notice of the data breach to affected California consumers, and failure to provide complete, plain, and clear notice to those consumers violated state law. SFALP students researched legal theories to support the litigation of this consumer protection case.