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Classmates.com Sued Over Privacy Settings Change

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

March 9, 2010

Two members of Classmates.com have filed suit in federal court alleging the social networking site violated their privacy by revising its default settings to make members' information more accessible on the Internet, MediaPost News reports. The complaint alleges that the changes, which were announced via e-mail in January, could expose members to identity theft, harassment and stalking. The violations of the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act alleged in the suit may be difficult to prove, Seattle lawyer Venkat Balasubramani says, as the act only applies to certain types of stored data. However, he says, "At a basic level, if you're going to change your privacy practices, the change has to be clear."
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