Facebook Allegedly Data Mines Private Messages
In a new suit filed by Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley in a U.S. district court in Northern California, Facebook is being accused of data mining links and other information contained within private messages. This information can be sold to advertisers, and is taken from the private messages without adequate disclosure or consent of users. Campbell and Hurley both claim that as many as 166 million Facebook users could be eligible to join the suit if it was made class action and that the data mining violates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Both plaintiffs continue to note that the data mining done by Facebook violates California privacy and unfair competition laws as well. Although Facebook did not reply to a request for comment, the company did mention that the allegations have been made without merit.