USA: Court of Appeals allows lawsuit against Facebook for breaching user's privacy to go forward

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters (USA), Published on: 15 April 2020

"Facebook to face renewed privacy lawsuit over user tracking", 10 April 2020

A federal appeals court on Thursday revived nationwide litigation accusing Facebook Inc of violating users' privacy rights by tracking their internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website...

...A spokeswoman for Facebook said the proposed class action was without merit, and the Menlo Park, California-based company will continue defending itself.

Facebook users had accused the company of quietly storing cookies on their browsers that tracked when they visited outside websites containing "like" buttons, and then selling personal profiles based on their browsing histories to advertisers...

...But in Thursday’s decision, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas wrote for a 3-judge panel that users had a reasonable expectation of privacy, and had sufficiently alleged a "clear invasion" of their right to privacy.

 

 

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