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Facebook Class Action Alleges “Cookie” Tracking After Log-out

This digital-privacy class action suit alleges that the use of “cookies” by social networking site Facebook to track users’ information and activities after the users had logged out of Facebook was a practice in violation of multiple state and federal laws.

Facebook, co-created and launched by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 when he was a student at Harvard University, had over 1.18 billion monthly active users as of August 2015. Facebook’s financial worth results from its ability to connect advertisers with its immense repository of personal data that is provided by users.

In a complaint filed in May 2012 (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California), multiple plaintiffs allege that the popular social media site secretly tracked their activities on the Internet even after they had logged out of their accounts.   According to the complaint, Facebook was able to collect this data through the use of “cookies” which activate when a user logs into a Facebook account.   The complaint claims that Facebook conditioned membership upon the user accepting numerous small text files or “cookies” on the user’s computer and that Facebook promised to delete session cookies upon logout. The cookies allow Facebook to intercept the electronic communications of its users and track their browsing history.

The named plaintiffs allege that they opened their accounts in reliance on Facebook’s representations that Facebook would delete session cookies when they logged out.  Their complaint states that contrary to its policies, Facebook intercepted their electronic communications and tracked their Internet use post-logout. The account holders claim they did not consent to post-logout tracking.

The complaint alleges that Facebook data collection activities after users logged off their accounts violated multiple federal statues, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Federal Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act, as well as several California Penal Code Privacy and Computer Crime Law Sections and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.

This class action lawsuit seeks in excess of $15 billion in damages and injunctive relief for the named plaintiffs and on behalf of similarly situated individuals domiciled in the United States who had active Facebook accounts from May 27, 2010 through September 26, 2011.  

 

 

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Facebook Class Action Complaint Alleges Cookie Tracking After Log-out

May 23, 2012

The complaint for this digital-privacy class action suit alleges that the use of “cookies” by social networking site Facebook to track users’ information and activities after the users had logged out of Facebook was a practice in violation of multiple state and federal laws.

facebook_tracking_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Facebook Class Action Complaint Alleges Cookie Tracking After Log-out

May 23, 2012

The complaint for this digital-privacy class action suit alleges that the use of “cookies” by social networking site Facebook to track users’ information and activities after the users had logged out of Facebook was a practice in violation of multiple state and federal laws.

facebook_tracking_complaint.pdf
Tags: Using Your Private Information Without Consent, Your Privacy