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Facebook Suits Progress, Users Seeking Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 22, 2012

The San Francisco Examiner reports that a series of class-action lawsuits have moved on to federal court. The lawsuits claim that Facebook violated its own privacy policy as well as the federal Wiretap Act when the site tracked users' movements on the Web and collected their personal information--sometimes when the users were not logged in to the site. Meanwhile, a university study of 1.4 million Facebook users shows an increase in users' demands for privacy. The number of users choosing to hide their friend lists is up 200 percent from 15 months ago. Users are also increasingly hiding personal details such as age, gender, hometowns and current city.
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