Facebook Inc(NASDAQ:FB) stated that a $15 billion lawsuit alleging that the company has been secretly tracking the internet activity of its users after they log off must be dismissed as the subscriber have not specified how they were harmed.
Matthew Brown, a lawyer of the social networking giant told Edward Davila, US District Judge, that the accusation lacks allegations of any injury or harm. The plaintiffs have apparently not identified what websites they have visited, what sort of information was collected or whether Facebook has disclosed it.
The lawsuit merges similar companies frilled by US residents, who subscribed to Menlo Park, Facebook based in California.
The most popular social networking site in the world, Facebook has been monitored by European and French regulators over how it protects private information of its users. The consolidated case in San Jose stated that while Facebook users agree to the firm’s installation of ‘cookie’ filed on their PCs to track and broadcast their Web browsing, they surely do not agree to such monitoring after logging out of the site.
Stephen Grygiel, a lawyer for the users said that users used the computers in the way they were supposed to. However, Facebook used tricks to intercept electronic communications with third party websites of users. This accounts for a violation of federal wiretap and stored communications.
The US Wiretap Act provides for damages amounting to as much as $100 per infringement each day for each Facebook user, as per the complaint.
The lawsuit combines 21 privacy lawsuits against the social network into a solo, class-action suit. It was filed on behalf of US residents, who subscribed to Facebook from May of 2010 to September of 2011 in 10 states including Alabama, California and Texas.
The complaint also asserts claims under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and Stored Communication Act.