Jan 2 2014, 10:19pm CST | by Gene Ryan Briones
Facebook is now at the center of a new controversy that accuses the social network of monitoring the private messages of its users. For what? Among many others, the plaintiffs Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley said that Facebook intercepts private messages to improve its marketing algorithm and better target advertisements to increase profits.
The suit exhorts that the alleged practice violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the California privacy and unfair competition laws. It also refers to a report written by the Swiss security firm High-Tech Bridge, suggesting that the social network is indeed scanning links shared on private messages. You may read the report here.
The suit is now seeking class action status on behalf of all Facebook users in the U.S. Campbell is also asking the court to stop Facebook from monitoring the private messages of its users. He is also seeking around $10,000 in statutory damages per user.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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