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Appeals Court Upholds $9.5 Million Class-Action

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 21, 2012

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a $9.5 million class-action lawsuit settlement over privacy rights violations stemming from Facebook’s now defunct “Beacon” service, Reuters reports. A subset of plaintiffs had objected to the settlement, but the court wrote, “we see nothing about this particular settlement that undermines the district court’s conclusion that it was substantial in this case.” Plaintiffs’ attorney Scott Kamber said he looked forward to the formation of the privacy rights group that will be created out of the settlement. The dissenting judge said the settlement “perverts the class-action into a device depriving victims of remedies…” Meanwhile, a new “Shared Activity” plug-in will reportedly give Facebook users more control over their activity sharing.
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