Houston, TX: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are facing a privacy violations class action lawsuit filed by a man in Houston who alleges, on behalf of 50 million Facebook users, that they could be impacted by the massive databreach perpetrated by the defendants.
Plaintiff Mathew Lodowski filed the complaint naming Facebook, the data company Cambridge Analytica LLC, New York businessman Robert Leroy Mercer and psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan, of Cambridge, England, as defendants.
According to the complaint, private and personal profile data were taken from Facebook users without their knowledge or consent, “in excess of the authorization granted by Facebook and Facebook users, in violation of the Stored Communications Act,” and Facebook “failed to protect its user data, and … failed to take reasonable measure necessary to retrieve the data … and notify its users … and only spoke publicly on the issue after news stories exposed their negligent behavior.”
Additionally, the complaint alleges that Cambridge Analytic LLC, Kogan and Mercer conspired together to mine Facebook users’ data from the social media site.
Lodowski asserts in the proposed class action that the information taken from people’s Facebook accounts were initially cleared by Facebook because the data would be used for “academic” reasons. However, those data were in fact used for commercial purposes, by Kogan and Cambridge Analytica.
The complaint seeks damages of $1,000 per violation and relief from Kogan and Cambridge Analytica for violating privacy rights, according to court documents.
Those data "allowed the company to exploit the private social media activity of a huge swath of the American electorate, developing techniques that underpinned its work on President Trump's campaign in 2016," The Times reported.
Facebook officials have stated that the data in question were properly gathered several years ago by psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan, who said he was using the data for academic purposes.
However, in 2014, Cambridge Analytica was in possession of the data, at the same time the company was working to develop techniques that could be used to influence voters and was later hired by Donald Trump's campaign.
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I quit Facebook because of that fact. I knew exactly what they were doing and wondered why this was being allowed. They even asked me to point out people and name them in my pictures.They constantly added & forced strangers on me as friends by the thousands,they spied on me constantly and are so left leaning that they continually blocked my comments & wouldn’t let me share what was sent to me by other users. If I did share they’d block me for 30 days when it had been forwarded by other people repeatedly. They should be closed down permanently.
Posted by Crystal Manuel
FB took my Facebook down and would not let me back in without explanation, and did not even give me an option to download years worth of family photos and videos store in their site. I sent them copies of my ID because they kept prompting me to do an identity verification but their site would not give me options to continue after i reached a certain point. My business facebook gone along with years worth of facebook friends, fans, and photos.
Posted by yes mines face book account been hack and violated for sure
they really need to do something about your alw right with faces book for sure
Posted by Heather Bjork
FB invaded my privacy by using my internet search history and also conversations I had with my husband and kids to then market these EXACT products or services to me! This happened countless times. Disgusted by FB’s complete invasion of my privacy.
Posted by jodie leigh
I think I was one of the effected.
Posted by Richard schippnick
I know my personal Information is being used to try to sell me items on the internet by the ads being used at me. This is a invasion of my privacy.
Posted by Judy warren
I use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends and slot of ordering on line I feel like my rights have been violated
Posted by Ms. J. Costoso
Lately, i have been issues logging into my account. There is a delay, my gut feeling is that something is wrong, there are delays in opening my page or opens some other page. I not comfortable with FB lately. Lately, all i hear are negative comments about this site... What a pity. I recommend that YOU PEOPLE... fix this mess!!. My Identity may be affected.
Posted by robert diehl
at one point facebook let a person check if they were affected i was now i get messages what they are doing to protect personal data ,does not make what happened right.
Posted by Toni
Active Facebooker .. violated ????
Posted by Beverly Tompkins
Yes I feel as thou I have be violated by FB . I would like to make sure that my info hasn't been allegedly leaked.
Posted by Diane Mikutis
FB privacy failure
Posted by Dale
How do I get included in this and other lawsuits listed?
Posted by Eric
How do I file?
Posted by Karen Cappos
These so called trusted sites should be protecting the consumer and the consumer informatoin
Posted by Odra Imam
I feel my privacy was violated. I use Facebook as a way to stay connected with family and friends that I would otherwise not have contact. It troubles me to think that my personal information was compromised.
Posted by Paula DuVall
I was denied by Cigna my STD thanks to FB,
I was terminated 4/12/2018
I filed unemployment, denied and had appeal today
I can I find out if it was FB?
I know it was FB
Posted by JENNIFER CAMPOS
This is not right .
Posted by Dante J. Flamminio
How can I find out if I was affected
Posted by Richie myer
I would like to know if i was affected by facebook
Posted by Shayne myer
Was i affected i may be maybe among the 50 million
Posted by Lauren myer
I want to be included ti see if i was affected by facebook
Posted by Christine myer
I want to see if i was also affected by facebook
Posted by Susan Slay
Massive data breach
Posted by Toby Tots
If you have a Facebook account, you have been continuously violated.
Posted by Beverly Van Zyl
How can we find out if this has happened to me? This is not right. He is not above the law. This was wrong.
Posted by Bev
I too would like to know if I was affected by this since FB has shown itself to be affected by so many nefarious actions.
Posted by Chelsey
I think I was violated by FB, PLEASE HELP ME CLAIM MY LAWSUIT MONEY!
Posted by Donna Adkins
How can We find out if We were violated by FB?
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