On the heels of last week’s request to have the FTC investigate Google’s latest privacy scandal, the Social Network is facing two separate class-action lawsuits arising out its unauthorized tracking of logged-off users. MediaPost reports:
Both cases were filed on Friday by users who allege that the social networking company violates various laws, including the federal wiretap one. One lawsuit was brought by Web user Chandra Thompson in federal district court in Missouri. The other case, filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., was brought by a coalition of seven users — Perrin Aikens Davis, Petersen Gross, Tommasina Iannuzzi, Brian K Lentz, Lisa Sabato, Jennifer Sauro and Tracy Sauro.
The lawsuits were filed the same week that Australian developer Nic Cubrilovic publicized research showing that Facebook received information about users — including their IDs — whenever they visited sites with a Like button or other social widget, even when the users had logged out.
As Wendy Davis at the Daily Online Examiner correctly points out, such class-action suits have caused internet developers to rethink their online practices despite past refusals by the FTC to proceed in further investigation.
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