Facebook Faces Civil Lawsuit for Privacy Violations

Lora Bentley

Facebook users in California are suing the social networking giant. In pleadings filed in Orange County Superior Court, the plaintiffs say Facebook is violating California privacy laws and misleading users regarding how personal information collected on the site is used. An Associated Press piece posted at WLKY.com says:

The complaint alleges that Facebook violates California privacy and online privacy laws by disseminating personal information posted by users to third parties. The lawsuit also alleges that Facebook engages in data mining and harvesting without fully disclosing those practices to its members.

Facebook's attorney says the company does not believe the lawsuit has any merit.


Maybe this particular lawsuit doesn't, but the thing is, this isn't the first time Facebook has been called on the carpet for questionable privacy practices. For instance, users threw fits in 2007 when the details of how the company's Beacon advertising program worked. More recently, Canadian authorities have also taken Facebook to task for privacy violations.

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