Facebook is seeking the dismissal of a $15 billion lawsuit that accuses it of secretly tracking its users’ Internet activity after they leave the social network’s platform, saying that the plaintiffs failed to offer specific examples of how they were harmed by its alleged actions.
Bloomberg reported that the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Jose, consolidated similar complaints filed on behalf of U.S. residents in 10 states over Facebook’s installation of cookies that monitor users’ activity after they leave the social network.
Stephen Grygiel, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, told U.S. District Judge Edward Davila Friday, as reported by Bloomberg:
Generalized allegations of harm suffice. We were users, we used the computers in the way we were entitled to, (and Facebook), through a trick, intercepted users’ electronic communications with third-party websites, which amounts to a violation of federal wiretap and stored communications laws. Nowhere in Facebook’s privacy policies does the company say, “We are involved in your communication with third-party websites after you log out.”
The rebuttal from Matthew Brown, an attorney for Facebook, according to Bloomberg:
(The complaint suffers from an) utter lack of allegations of any injury to these particular named plaintiffs. The plaintiffs haven’t identified what websites they visited, what kind of data or information was collected, or whether Facebook used it or disclosed it to anyone else. They have not done anything close to that.
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