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Judge Dismisses Class-Action on Data Sharing

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

November 29, 2011

A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook and Zynga alleging the companies leaked users' personal data to advertisers, Media Post reports. Consumers didn't prove they'd been harmed by the disclosures, and transmitting data to advertisers once users click on an ad doesn't violate U.S. law on electronic data, ruled U.S. District Court Judge James Ware. Meanwhile, Forbes reports on the difficulty of proving "harm" in privacy lawsuits. Plaintiffs generally rely on emotional or economic injury, but judges have been resistant and often dismiss the suits. In the U.S., harm must be "concrete...fairly traceable to the defendant's actions and likely redressed by a favorable decision," the report states.
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