Court Dismisses “Friend Finder” Lawsuit Again
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.November 4, 2011
A California court has dismissed a complaint claiming that Facebook used members' names and profile pictures to promote its "Friend Finder" feature without consent--amounting to an unauthorized endorsement, reports ZDNet. The judge ruled against the plaintiffs, saying Facebook's actions did not cause financial loss to the users and only displayed the information to existing Facebook friends, therefore causing no cognizable harm. According to Hunton & Williams' Privacy and Information Security Law Blog, when this case was originally dismissed in June, Facebook argued that by agreeing to the terms and conditions of the site, users' had consented to this type of use. The court declined to decide that matter when it dismissed the case.