VeriSign Now Faces Class Action Suit Over Redirection
A third lawsuit has been lodged against VeriSign for its SiteFinder redirection service. Now a class-action filing, the suit alleges privacy violations when capturing ID strings in addresses.The furor over VeriSign Inc.s redirect service for mistyped or unregistered Web domains isnt about to die down as the body overseeing Web addressing begins taking public comments on the issue and a third lawsuit attacks the service. A committee of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) this week began taking public comments about the effect of VeriSigns SiteFinder service on the Internet in preparation for a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. The Security and Stability Advisory Committee, which last week issued an advisory blaming the service for weakening the Internets stability, plans to issue another report to guide ICANN about SiteFinder after examining issues that will be raised at the meeting, ICANN announced.
Also last week, a California litigator filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of both consumers and e-commerce businesses against VeriSign over SiteFinder. Along with being the first class action, the lawsuit also is different from two other suits filed against VeriSign because it also alleges that VeriSign is violating privacy laws, including the federal Electronics Communications Privacy Act, said attorney Ira P. Rothken of the Rothken Law Firm, in San Rafael, Calif. .