Kroger Facing Class Action Lawsuit Over Illegal Disclosure of Personal Information


Following a lawsuit filed against Costco in October, a similar action has been initiated against the Kroger Company.  At issue is the unauthorized collection and release of personal data from prescription records released to Meta.


According to the complaint, Kroger tracked prescriptions that effectively revealed personal information relating to the health of customers. This was inappropriately shared, obviously for a financial consideration with Meta that in turn benefited financially from the disclosures.


 It is highly likely that other companies have participated in promotional schemes based on either unethical or illegal disclosure of health information. Both the pharmacies concerned and Meta should be held to account through civil litigation. Cases will attract the interest and involvement of the Department of Justice and possible restrictive legislation by Congress.