Posted January 3, 2014 9:51 am by with 0 comments

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Facebook Spies?Now here’s something novel, a tech giant being sued because of privacy violations.

Only this time, it’s not Google.

Two men have filed a law suit claiming that, get this, Facebook is violating its user’s right to privacy. Now, we’re accustomed to using the word “privacy” in the same sentence as Facebook, but there’s usually a “lack of” “no” or “we don’t need no stinkin” also included in said sentence. It should be pretty common knowledge that anyone that uses Facebook should do so without any expectations of privacy–no matter what the company’s actual privacy policy says. I know I always cringe when someone sends me something sensitive via a private Facebook message, because it’s just not that private.

Anyway, back to our two intrepid litigants…

The suit, however, cites a report from Swiss security firm High-Tech Bridge that suggests that Facebook scans the links shared in private messages. It also references stories in the media relating to Facebook’s third-party plug-ins for counting “likes” shared through private messages.

“Representing to users that the content of Facebook messages is ‘private’ creates an especially profitable opportunity for Facebook, because users who believe they are communicating on a service free from surveillance are likely to reveal facts about themselves that they would not reveal had they known the content was being monitored,” the plaintiffs said in their complaint.

Facebook is of course denying these allegations and you can expect us to update you on this case sometime in 2017–which is about how long this things drag out.