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Facebook Settles Privacy Lawsuit

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 23, 2012

MediaPost reports Facebook has tentatively settled a class-action lawsuit alleging plaintiffs were harmed by the company's "sponsored stories" feature and its lack of an opt-out provision. The feature alerts users when their friends have "liked" a product or service and includes the friends' names and photos. Facebook told U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh that it will file a motion for a preliminary approval of the settlement by mid-June, the report states. The settlement's terms have not been disclosed. The company faces a separate but related suit alleging the sponsored stories feature violated California law by including minors.
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