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Facebook sued for spying on users’ chats

Facebook sued for spying on users' chats

Facebook has been sued for snooping

Social networking large Facebook has reportedly been sued for allegedly snooping on non-public messages of users without their prior consent with a view to mine the information for its personal profit.

The category-action suit has been filed by way of Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley, who’ve accused Facebook of scanning non-public messages with URLs in them ‘for functions together with however now not restricted to information mining and user profiling.’

In the meantime, a Facebook spokesperson said that the allegations are without merit and the corporate would defend itself vigorously, CNET stories.

The lawsuit cites a record from Swiss safety firm high-Tech Bridge that means that Facebook scans the hyperlinks shared in private messages, along with giving references to media studies concerning the social media website online’s third-birthday party plug-ins for counting ‘likes’ shared thru non-public messages.

The plaintiffs, on behalf of all US customers who’ve dispatched or got personal messages that included a URL in the message, are looking for an injunction in opposition to Facebook to prevent the practice, as well as statutory damages, which includes $100 for on a daily basis that Facebook violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Actper each and every member of the class, the record introduced.