“Groundbreaking digital-privacy rights case.”
On May 17th a lawsuit was filed in the San Jose Federal Court, California, against Facebook Inc. for a total sum of $15 billion. The damages are claimed by a combined case of 21 plaintiffs who claim that Facebook kept on tracking the internet usage even after logging off from the social networking site.
The U.S. Wiretap Act “provides statutory damages of the greater of $100 per violation per day, up to $10,000, per Facebook user,” according to the complaint. Facebook’s more than 800 million members are entitled to about $15 billion in total, according to the plaintiffs.
“This is not just a damages action, but a groundbreaking digital-privacy rights case that could have wide and significant legal and business implications,” David Straite, a partner at Stewarts Law, which represents some of the users, said in an e- mailed statement to Bloomberg.
A Facebook spokesman said that these “claims are without merit and the company will contest them.”
This isn’t the first time Facebook has been sued over privacy issues, and wherever this case goes it will be a landmark decision for online privacy.