Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over private message scanning

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It’s not as jolly a holiday this year for Facebook, as the social network is facing a class action lawsuit in the US for having scanned users’ private messages without their consent, reports Engadget. Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled in an Oakland, California court on Tuesday that Facebook must face a class action lawsuit for violating its users’ privacy by scanning private messages so that it could gather data for targeted advertising. While Facebook argued that their actions are covered by an exception under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act for interceptions by service providers occurring in the ordinary course of…



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