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Facebook: Privacy Class Action Should Be Dismissed

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 20, 2010

A potential class action filed last month against social networking site Facebook over privacy concerns may not see its day in court, MediaPost reports, as such lawsuits must overcome the hurdle of proving damages have occurred as a result of the information shared. Facebook is arguing that the suit should be dismissed on the grounds that it lacks "a single factual allegation that specifies what information, exactly, Facebook has allegedly improperly disclosed or that Facebook publicly disclosed information that any plaintiff intended to remain private." While the suit alleges the social network's members may have been exposed to the risk of identity theft, the company has countered that the lawsuit is based on "vague, generalized allegations" and speculation.
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