May 26, 2022

Facebook Beats Privacy Lawsuit in U.S. Over User Tracking (Even After Users Log Out of Service)

From Reuters:

A U.S. judge has dismissed nationwide litigation accusing Facebook Inc of tracking users’ internet activity even after they logged out of the social media website.

In a decision late on Friday, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California said the plaintiffs failed to show they had a reasonable expectation of privacy, or that they suffered any “realistic” economic harm or loss.


Davila said the plaintiffs cannot bring their privacy and wiretapping claims again, but can try to pursue a breach of contract claim again. He had dismissed an earlier version of the 5-1/2-year-old case in October 2015.

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Direct to Full Text of Judge Edward Davila’s Order Dismissing Case

See Also: Footnote 1) Detailed Discussion of Plaintiffs’ Factual allegations, see this Court’s order granting Facebook’s previous motion to dismiss (July 2, 2012) 

Hat Tip: Daniel Ayala

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