In September, Facebook confirmed that user-information was being collected from third party sites, even when logged out of their accounts, but that it was in the process of fixing the issue. That hasn’t stopped the lawsuits from raining down on the social network.
Facebook is already facing lawsuits in Mississippi and Kansas, among many others, and can now add a nationwide class action suit to the ever-growing list. Filed by two firms in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the lawsuit accuses Facebook of continuing to ignore concerns over the tracking cookie.
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Like the preceding lawsuits, Facebook is also being accused of violating the Federal Wiretap Act, as well as the California Internet Privacy Requirements Act, and the California Unfair Competition Law.
In the past, however, similar cases filed against Facebook under the Federal Wiretap Act have been dismissed, claiming that computer cookies cannot be compared to wiretaps.
Speaking about the lawsuit, Founding Partner of Murphy P.A, William Murphy Jr. said “The days when online service providers can run roughshod over the privacy rights of their customers are over. Companies that operate commercial websites, such as Facebook, need to realize the public is increasingly concerned about its privacy rights.
Perhaps even more importantly, there is a growing community of security experts and bloggers that is extremely savvy about internet technology and committed to ensuring that people’s privacy rights are respected and protected.”