A group of Facebook users in Orange County have sued social networking site Facebook, claiming it of violating consumer privacy laws in the state; and is seeking for compensations for damages and attorney fees. The group, comprising of five people, includes two chilren under 13, a user of the original Facebook, a professional photographer and actress/model.
The complaint, however, is claiming that users may not be aware that the “data they submit, or the data others submit about them, may be extracted and then shared, stored, licensed or downloaded by other persons”, despite you can actually change the settings to make sure that does not happen; and has also claimed that it is a data mining company, despite you post the details up in the first place.
“FACEBOOK IS A DATA MINING COMPANY THAT AGGRESIVELY SEEKS THE ACQUISITION AND USE OF PRIVATE AND PERSONAL USER DATA WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT OF USERS (sic),” it states as one of its arguments.
“Plaintiffs and the general public desire and expect a level of privacy, which Facebook has failed to satisfy under its current policies, procedures, practices, and technology.”
Basically, the case seems to be putting the blame on Facebook for their fault for the content being posted online, which is the entire purpose of the site.
Here is one of the stories:
“Plaintiff Chris C. is a 12-year-old minor residing with his parents in Orange County, California. Plaintiff Chris C. has a Facebook account that was opened without the knowledge or consent of his parent or guardian. Plaintiff Chris C. has uploaded personal information including photographs.
It should be noted that Chris C. actually is violating the Terms of Service, as they say that no one under 13 can participate on the site. Oh, and there is a case against the changes of the Terms of Service as well, saying that it is illegal as it was not given the “consent of” another user; though many change their Terms of Service.
Facebook has responded with, “We see no merit to this suit and we plan to fight it.”