Social Network: PII Leaks Do Not Violate Law
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.January 14, 2011
MediaPost News reports on Facebook's motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that alleges the social network violated its users' privacy by referring their names to advertisers. The motion calls for dismissal "on the grounds that none of the users who are suing allege that they suffered any kind of tangible loss," the report states. Facebook also contends it did not violate federal wiretap laws as the statute applies to contents of communications, such as e-mail messages, and not to the referrer headers that transmitted user data to advertisers, the report states. Facebook goes on to argue that referring user names does not reveal PII because the social network considers names to be public information.