How to sue Facebook in California

Facebook sued: privacy not guaranteed

The corresponding complaint, which according to the Wall Street Journal report was received yesterday, Monday, at the Superior Court of the Orange County district in the US state of California, accuses the platform operator of not sufficiently protecting the privacy of its own community members take care of. For example, data is said to have been shared with third parties for commercial purposes, a practice that violates applicable California federal law. "Plaintiffs and the public want and expect a degree of privacy that Facebook cannot guarantee under its current policies, procedures, practices and technologies," the complaint said.

According to the US business paper, a photographer, an actress and three middle school and college students are to appear as plaintiffs. With their jointly brought lawsuit, they are demanding the initiation of a jury process, from which they hope to generally improve Facebook's data protection regulations and to receive compensation payments in an unspecified amount. The central sticking point in the current legal dispute is the question of how the online community handles the collected user data and whether it also passes it on to third parties such as advertisers or cooperating software developers. In a first statement, Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt reacted rather calmly to the allegations mentioned in the application. "In the opinion of our company, this lawsuit is completely unfounded and we will therefore fight it vehemently," quoted the Wall Street Journal. The Internet platform is always trying to disclose which data the portal is sharing with whom. "But there are also some gray areas," admits Schnitt.

In the past, Facebook was often criticized for its handling of user data. It was only at the beginning of this year that the site operators had to give up plans to change the general terms and conditions due to violent protests from data protectionists and their own community. At that time, too, the users were disturbed by the excessive disclosure of user information. Another starting point for critics is the fact that the online portal offers many setting options to protect the privacy of its members, but many of these settings are very difficult to find on the site. In order to give users a better overview of what information they are sharing with whom on the Internet, the social community has already announced a thorough revision of the settings to protect the privacy of its members. "The changes will not be implemented overnight, however," a Facebook spokeswoman reveals to pressetext. The whole thing should rather be seen as a process that you want to contest together with the users, said the spokeswoman.

How you can better protect your privacy in Facebook can be found on TecChannel in the article Facebook - How to protect your privacy. (pte / cvi)