Facebook Fails in Bid to Derail $15 Billion Privacy Suit Over Illegal User Tracking
Facebook Fails in Bid to Derail $15-Billion Privacy Suit Over Illegal User Tracking
US wiretap law makes it illegal to snoop on electronic communications unless one is a party to the exchange.
By Agence France-Presse | Updated: 23 March 2021 11:12 IST
Facebook has since changed the way it uses software snippets such as like and share buttons
Suit accuses Facebook of wrongly tracking users away from social network
The class action lawsuit consolidated more than 20 related cases
Critics and regulators have taken aim at Facebook over user privacy
The US Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal by Facebook that would have derailed a $15-billion (roughly Rs. 1,08,590 crore) lawsuit over whether it illegally tracked users about a decade ago.
The nation's top court issued an order denying a request by the leading social network to review a California federal court's decision to allow the litigation accusing Facebook of violating wiretap laws.
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
The suit accuses Facebook of wrongly tracking users away from the social network, then making money from the data by selling it to marketers for targeting ads.
The class action lawsuit consolidated more than 20 related cases filed in an array of US states in 2011 and early 2012 and seeks more than $15 billion (roughly Rs. 1,08,590 crore) on behalf of members of the world's largest social network.
Facebook has since changed the way it uses software snippets such as like and share buttons that gather information about users' Internet activities.
The Silicon Valley tech giant added that allowing the case to proceed would have "sweeping, and detrimental consequences."
Critics and regulators have repeatedly taken aim at Facebook over user privacy.