Facebook Data Privacy Class Action Joined By 11,000 And Counting

TechCrunch

On Friday the Europe vs Facebook privacy campaign group kicked off a new legal initiative targeting Facebook — in the form of a class action lawsuit that’s inviting adult non-commercial Facebook users located anywhere outside the US and Canada to join in.

Today, the group told TechCrunch its civil action has pulled in some 11,000 participants so far, in the first weekend since launch. The largest proportion of participants (about 50%) are currently coming from German-speaking countries, followed by “high number” from the Netherlands, Finland and the UK.

“Reasonable numbers come from all European countries and South America,” added a Europe vs Facebook spokesperson.

Specifically, the class action is targeting the following “unlawful acts” on the part of Facebook — as the group sees it:

  • Data use policy which is invalid under EU law
  • The absence of effective consent to many types of data use
  • Support of the NSA’s ‘PRISM’ surveillance programme
  • Tracking of Internet…

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