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Facebook privacy suit decided in favor of the company

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The Judicial Update

May 16, 2011

California: Last week, Judge James Ware ruled in favor of Facebook in federal court. In the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Facebook users alleged injury after the company shared personal information with advertisers without receiving users' consent.[1]

Lawyers for Facebook argued that users did not suffer sufficient injury to have standing to bring the case. Judge Ware disagreed with this notion, allowing the plaintiffs to refile some of the claims. Since California's Unfair Competition Law states that those bringing a case must have lost money or property, the future of the plaintiffs' appeal seems shaky.[1]

This case is one of eight privacy class actions filed against the social media giant.[1]