Facebook Hit with Class-action Lawsuits

A class-action lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California stating that Facebook violated the user rights of those using an Android device. The suit alleges that Facebook collected data including people’s phone lists that went beyond what was reasonable. The suit says that there was no indication to the normal user that this invasion of their privacy would occur. The suit continues by saying that there are no available legal alternatives that would make users whole again.

Facial Recognition Class-action Lawsuit

This is the second class-action lawsuit that Facebook has been hit with in recent weeks, reveals siliconrepublic.com. The first indicated that the social media company’s facial recognition and “tagging” technology was a violation of the person’s privacy.

Requirements for a Class-action Lawsuit

This case was also filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. A judge has ruled that the second case meets all four requirements for a class action lawsuit. Those conditions are:

  • The class is large enough that the action of bringing all members together is impractical
  • All members may have been hurt by the law in the same way
  • The parties’ claims are typical of those of other people in the group
  • The named parties have proven that they would protect other members of the group

Cambridge Analytica LTD

Facebook has recently been asked to testify in front of the United States Congress over its behavior in Cambridge Analytica LTD scandal. In that case, Cambridge Analytica has been accused of harvesting data from over 50 million Facebook users.

It still remains to be seen what action a judge will take in this most recent court case. It also remains to be seen if Facebook can survive with new cases being put forth each day.

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