According to the complaint filed by Facebook users Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley on behalf of “themselves and all others similarly situated,” Facebook is scanning its users’ private messages to provide data to advertisers marketers, and other data aggregators.
One of the research cited by the complaint to back its claim is one conducted by a Swiss firm High-Tech Bridge, which published a report last August on how the 50 largest social networks, web services, and free emails systems respect the users’ privacy. ”Facebook was one of the Web Services that was caught scanning URLs despite such activity remaining undisclosed to the user,” cited the complaint.
In response, Facebook has stated “We believe the allegations are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously.”
More specific details on the lawsuit can be read here.
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