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Suit Fingers Companies for Alleged Info Sharing

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 1, 2010

Three companies are being sued by a Virginia resident for alleged privacy violations, MediaPost News reports. Rapleaf, Facebook and Zynga have been named in the suit, recently filed in federal district court in San Jose, CA. The plaintiff claims that the "Defendants inappropriately and unlawfully transmitted sensitive personally identifiable information...to third parties." The suit follows others that were filed after reports that the companies transmitted users' information to advertisers via referrer headers. One legal expert says it is not clear whether the transmissions violated the Stored Communications Act, as the plaintiff alleges, but says the breach of contract claim "might be easier to prove."
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