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Facebook faces suit for data mining 'private' messages

Published on Jan 3, 2014 10:16 PM
 
The splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook taken on Feb 25, 2013. Facebook has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the social networking behemoth gleans data from purportedly private messages, in violation of users' rights. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Facebook has been hit with a class-action lawsuit alleging the social networking behemoth gleans data from purportedly private messages, in violation of users' rights.

Two plaintiffs claim the site scans private correspondence between users for links to third-party websites, sharing that information with the likes of "advertisers, marketers and other data aggregators".

The suit accuses Facebook of violating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and California privacy laws.

Facebook has "systematically violated consumers' privacy by reading its users' personal, private Facebook messages without their consent," said the complaint, filed Dec 30 in the US District Court for Northern California.

 
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