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Second Suit Filed Involving Use of Flash Cookies

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 18, 2010

A lawsuit filed in California's Central District federal court last week alleges that Clearspring and its affiliates violated user privacy by using Flash cookies, MediaPost reports. It is the second lawsuit to have been filed for such claims. Both suits seek class-action status. "Plaintiffs and the class members did not voluntarily disclose their personal and private information, including their Internet surfing habits, to defendants--and indeed never even knew that defendants existed or conducted data collection and monitoring activities," the latest suit states. The plaintiffs say that the use of Flash cookies "unfairly wrests control from users who choose to delete their cookies in order to avoid being tracked."
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