A legal expert has teamed up with a litigation firm to sue Meta on behalf of 44 million Facebook users in the UK, alleging that they had their data exploited in violation of competition laws. TechCrunch reported. The company is seeking £2.3 billion ($3.1 billion) in damages for Facebook users in the UK.
The lawsuit was filed by competition law expert Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen and is being funded by Innsworth, a law firm that accepts cases in exchange for a share of the damages won. It claims that while users don’t pay to use Facebook, they deliver data of considerable value.
“They are exploiting users by taking their personal data without properly compensating them for taking that data,” Lovdahl Gormsen said in a statement. “I don’t think users are entirely clear when they click through the terms and conditions of how unfair this deal is.”
She added that Facebook has become “the only social network in the UK where you can be sure to connect with friends and family in one place”. And even while blocking users on its ecosystem (which includes WhatsApp and Instagram), it also tracked users on other sites. “He abused his market dominance to impose unfair terms and conditions on ordinary Britons, giving him the power to exploit their personal data,” according to Lovdahl Gormsen.
The lawsuit covers the period from October 2015 to December 31, 2019. It is an “exclusion” class action, which means that users will not need to take any action to receive compensation in the case unless they choose not to participate. .
“People access our service for free. They choose our services because we deliver value to them and they have significant control over what information they share on Meta platforms and with whom. We invest heavily to create tools that allow them to do so,” a Meta spokesperson said. The Guardian in a statement.
Facebook has already had some bad news this week in the US as a federal judge said a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) antitrust lawsuit against Facebook could go ahead. The FTC wants to force Meta to sell Instagram and WhatsApp, accusing it of “anti-competitive conduct” against rivals.
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