Facebook users in California have filed a lawsuit against the social network seeking damages for invasion of their privacy and improper tracking.
The suit consolidates 21 related cases filed in more than a dozen states in 2011 and early 2012 alleging that Facebook tracked internet use of its members even after they logged out of their accounts.
Lawyers in the suit seek up to USD 10,000 for each Facebook user, or more than $15 billion.
“The only way you are going to stop companies from disregarding the privacy rights of the American people is to take some of their money,” attorney Billy Murphy of Baltimore, Maryland, told AFP. “That’s the only thing that gets their attention.”
The lawsuit comes after Facebook launched its market debut worth USD 104 billion, more than companies like Amazon.com, Disney and Kraft.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly apologized for privacy lapses that outraged users for their online activities being visible to advertisers and other users.
Facebook promised to honor users’ privacy preferences in a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission late last year.
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