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Facebook dealing with class action lawsuit

There is no denying the fact that social networking is all the rage in today's age. Facebook, among other services, are at the center of this trend and have been taking full advantage of the popularity over the past few years.

Many of our California readers, along with people in other parts of the country, are familiar with Facebook and the benefits of using the service. That being said, these people are not always happy with the decisions made by the social networking giant.

Recently, the company was slapped with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook scans private passages and reads URLs within them, thus violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act as well as privacy laws set by the state of California.

The complaint noted, "representing to users that the content of Facebook messages is 'private' creates an especially profitable opportunity for Facebook." Users may share information with others, based on the premise that it is going to be private, however, this may not be the case.

Whether or not Facebook is doing this as a means of providing data to marketers is up for debate, but the company has denied the allegations and noted that it will defend itself.

Class action lawsuits can be extremely complicated. In the case of this lawsuit, you can expect a lot of eyes to be focused on Facebook. A class action attorney has the experience and knowledge necessary to take on such a case and help those impacted receive the appropriate solution.


Source: 
International Business Times, "Facebook Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Alleged Interception Of Private Messages To Provide Data To Marketers" Sreeja VN, Jan. 03, 2014

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