Facebook improperly tracks web browsing, class action claims

By Alejandro de los Rios | Oct 12, 2011


Former Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub has filed a federal class action suit against the social networking site Facebook on behalf of a woman who says the site improperly tracks users' web browsing.

The suit claims that the plaintiff and class members "did not give consent or otherwise authorize Facebook to intercept, track, collect and store [their] wire or electronic communications, including but not limited to her internet browsing history when not logged-in to Facebook."

"Defendants are liable to the Plaintiffs in the sum of statutory damages consisting of the greater of $100 for each day each of the class members' data was wrongfully obtained or $10,000.00 per violation," the suit states.

The Web site collected personal information from the plaintiffs, violating their "clearly established statutory rights," according to the suit.

The suit claims Facebook is guilty of violating the U.S. Wiretap Act and the Louisiana Electronic Surveillance Act, as well as unjust enrichment and invasion of privacy, among other charges.

The lawsuit names Facebook Inc. and a series of John Does believed to be "directors, employees, agents or contractors of Facebook ... whose identity will become known through discovery."

Ieyoub filed the suit Oct. 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana on behalf of East Baton Rouge Parish resident Janet Seamon. The case has been assigned to Judge James Brady.

Ieyoub, served as Louisiana's Attorney General from 1992 to 2004 as a Democrat and ran unsuccessful campaigns for U.S. Senate and Louisiana's governorship.

Federal Suit 3:11-cv-00689

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