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Europe Vs. Facebook Launches Suit Over Privacy

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Europe Vs. Facebook Launches Suit Over Privacy

Facebook has found itself in the crosshairs of a legal initiative that, despite just being launched, is gaining momentum.

The Europe vs. Facebook group announced late last week it is inviting Facebook users who are adults and live outside the United States and Canada to join its class action suit against the social media network. TechCrunch reported the group was already counting 11,000 participants in the suit by the weekend.

The group’s site offers questions to myriad questions surrounding the suit including the natural one of why has the suit been launched?

“The main point is that the major internet companies do not respect our fundamental rights to privacy and data protection. Facebook is only one example of many, but one has to start somewhere,” the site says.

The group explains Facebook has a lengthy list of “violations” making it applicable to the suit including its “privacy policy, participation in the PRISM program, Facebook’s graph search, apps on Facebook, tracking on other web pages (e.g. via the “like buttons”), big data systems that spy on users or the non-compliance with access requests.”

When it comes to the financial aspect of the suit, the group says there is no cost for people to join the growing list of participants and there’s no risk as all costs will be covered by the financing provider, Austrian law firm ROLAND ProzessFinanz.

Those viewing the lawsuit as a potential payday may be disappointed. Europe vs. Facebook said what the final payout is depends “on the final ruling of the court and if Facebook is forced to make a payment (or if Facebook e.g. agrees to a settlement). It is not predictable how much the court will award.

“In any event we will have to subtract the costs of the procedure from the awarded amount. Another factor will be the number of participants among which the costs will be distributed.

source : sitepronews

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