A class action lawsuit recently filed against Facebook seeks $15 billion in damages for privacy violations.
"In the complaint filed May 17 in federal court in San Jose, California, the plaintiffs say Facebook improperly tracked users even after they logged out," write Bloomberg's Kit Chellel and Jeremy Hodges. "Twenty-one cases making similar claims have been consolidated before the court. The latest filing seeks to proceed on behalf of U.S. residents who subscribed to Facebook from May 2010 to September 2011."
"According to the lawsuit, Facebook violated the U.S. Wiretap Act by tracking its members movement on the Web through 'like' buttons embedded on millions of Web pages throughout the Internet," writes PCWorld's John P. Mello Jr. "The law bars 'interception and disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications' and provides fines of $100 a day, up to $10,000, for every day the law is violated. If the maximum fine were imposed on Facebook members could receive $10,000 -- which is highly unlikely."
"During the past few years, Facebook has been under scrutiny both in the United States and abroad, over its approach on privacy controls and policies," writes Mobile & Apps' Alexandra Burlacu. "A German data protection agency expressed concerns last year regarding Facebook's use of facial-recognition technology for tagging photos."
"It’s worth noting that similar cases against Facebook and others filed under the wiretap law have been thrown out because browser cookies are simply not considered wiretaps and plaintiffs have difficulty proving any harm," writes ZDNet's Emil Protalinski.