Facebook is being sued in a class action case in Canada for privacy and for intentionally using personal information for commercial purposes. The lawyer involved has said that all Facebook users in Canada are part of the suit, which would mean that nearly half of Canada’s population could theoretically be involved.
The suit was filed on July 2 in Winnipeg and says that Facebook was “malicious, deliberate, and oppressive,” in how it handled the personal information of plaintiff Donald J. Woligroski and well, half of Canada, and seeks damages amounting to the total profits the company made by using the information (i.e. a lot).
Apparently, the suit states that:
“The defendant’s acts of deceit and omissions have breached the duty of care it owed to its users and have caused the plaintiffs to suffer injury, economic loss, and damages, which they continue to suffer. Facebook has demonstrated and taken a cavalier and arbitrary approach with respect to its legal obligations to the plaintiff and class members and the methods by which Facebook misrepresented to its profit, its privacy policies and how Facebook would share, use and disseminate the personal information of the plaintiff and class action members.”
Facebook replied to ComputerWorld acknowledging the suit saying, “we see no merit to this suit and we will fight it vigorously.”