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Facebook Suit Alleges Breach of Contract

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 2, 2010

A California Facebook user is suing the social networking company for an alleged breach of contract, MediaPost News reports. David Gould says the company shared his personal information with advertisers despite assurances in its privacy policy that it would not do so without user consent. Gould alleges that "Facebook advertisers are able to gain the ultimate demographic information" because the company sends "referrer headers" to advertisers, who can then use the data to gather specific users' profile information. He is seeking class-action status, according to the report. Facebook revised its code last month after a Harvard professor confirmed for The Wall Street Journal that social networking sites were sharing such data with advertising companies.  
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