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Facebook Faces Privacy Lawsuit: Matthew Campbell v. Facebook Inc., 13-5996

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Facebook Faces Privacy Lawsuit

This week a federal judge denied Facebook’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating its users’ privacy by scanning the content of their messages without consent. According to an attorney for the plaintiffs, the scanning “is a mechanism for Facebook to surreptitiously gather data in an effort to improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users.”

Facebook claimed that the scanning did not violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act because it fell under its “ordinary course of business” exception. The judge disagreed finding that Facebook had “not offered a sufficient explanation of how the challenged practice falls within the ordinary course of its business.”

Matthew Campbell v. Facebook Inc., 13-5996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose)

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