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It may be a new year, but the world’s largest social network is still squaring off against last year’s claims of privacy invasion.

The latest comes from Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley, two Facebook users who filed a lawsuit against the company for allegedly invading the privacy of their Facebook messages for the purposes of sharing data with marketers.

“[Facebook] makes assurances of user control over privacy settings and messaging options. These assurances affirmatively state that only senders and intended recipients are privy to the contents of their nonpublic communications,” Campbell and Hurley said in a filing with the U.S. District Court of Northern California this week.

“In reality, Facebook never intended to provide this level of confidentiality. Instead, Facebook mines any and all transmissions across its network, including those it labels ‘private,’ in order to gather any and all morsels of information it can about its users,” the filing said.

That information was used to create more robust profiles of Facebook’s users in order to “improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from its users,” according to the filing.

“We believe the allegations are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously,” a Facebook spokesperson told Re/code.

This is far from the first time Facebook has dealt with legal troubles from its users. Last year, Facebook settled a class-action suit that claimed that the company’s “Sponsored Stories” advertising products shared users’ “Like” data with friends without the ability to opt out of the program.

Read the full text of the filing below:




2 comments
Mystic
Mystic

This is only one example of what the public should be worried about. While the nation and the world is screaming about the NSA and what it is collecting and storing, this is being done on an even greater scale by private companies and the information is being sold to anyone with the $$. At lest the NSA is looking for terrorist or even criminal behavior where companies are looking at it all and will find a way to use it to profit from us. Does it bother anyone that Facebook has facial recognition software it uses on ALL photos? 

Luc@Mop
Luc@Mop

It's not a Scoop !

(NOT) everybody knows that Facebook is a (Pseudo) Private Social Network ... 

...in fact open to Marketers, Gov., Social Security, Company HR, Banks, Insurance, etc... And on a WorldWide basis !

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