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Judge tosses lawsuit alleging Facebook eavesdrops on its users

Another defeat for Facebook opponents.


Monica Riese


Posted on Jul 4, 2017   Updated on May 23, 2021, 12:59 am CDT

Facebook already knows more about you than you think. But thanks to a recent lawsuit dismissal, the social media giant also can continue collecting data on you even when you’re logged out.

According to a report on Business Insider, the plaintiffs’ primary complaint was that Facebook stores browser cookies on user behavior from any website with a little Facebook “Like” button on it. By their estimation, this behavior “violated federal and California privacy and wiretapping laws.”

But the Northern District of California Judge Edward Davila shot down the suit, explaining that the plaintiffs had failed to prove any evidence of wiretapping or eavesdropping. Rather, “the fact that a user’s web browser automatically sends the same information to [Facebook and another website] does not establish that one party intercepted the user’s communication with the other,” he wrote.

Furthermore, Davila suggested there are other ways to protect one’s browser history that the plaintiffs had not attempted and that the plaintiffs could not claim realistic economic harm by this behavior.

This is the second time Davila has dismissed similar lawsuits, having done so once before in October 2015.

H/T Business Insider

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*First Published: Jul 4, 2017, 12:02 pm CDT