engine - 4:07 pm on Jul 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
Facebook Privacy Suit Launched Alleging Mishandling Of User Data [news.cnet.com]
The suit alleges that Facebook changed user privacy settings and its terms of service without adequate consent from users, rendering a significant amount of information public to the Web when it had once been protected. The lead plaintiff is a Winnipeg, Manitoba, resident named Donald J. Woligroski, and the complaint alleges that he "has been subject to, inter alia, breach of privacy and the misappropriation of his personal information and, in the addition or alternative, the conversion of said information for commercial use through the materially deceptive conduct of the Defendant"--that defendant being Facebook.
Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said via e-mail on Thursday morning that as of Wednesday, the company had not received the complaint; later on Thursday morning he provided an update. "We see no merit to this suit, and we will fight it vigorously."