A legal expert has partnered with a litigation firm to sue Meta on behalf of 44 million Facebook users in the UK, claiming their data has been exploited in violation of competition laws, TechCrunch reported. The company is seeking £ 2.3 billion ($ 3.1 billion) in damages for UK Facebook users.
The lawsuit was brought by competition law specialist Dr. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, and is funded by Innsworth, a law firm that handles cases in return for a share of the damages earned. He claims that even though users don’t pay to use Facebook, they are giving away data that is of tremendous value.
“They exploit users by taking their personal data without properly compensating them for taking that data,” Lovdahl Gormsen said in a press release. “I don’t think it’s clear to users when they click on terms and conditions 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 your friends and family in one place.” And while it locked users into its ecosystem (which includes WhatsApp and Instagram), it also follows users on other websites. “He abused his dominant market position to impose unfair 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 “opt-out” class action, which means that users will not need to take any action to receive damages. in the case, unless they decide to withdraw.
“People access our service for free. They choose our services because we provide them with value and they have significant control over what information they share on Meta’s platforms and with whom. We’ve invested a lot to create tools that allow them to do that. A spokesperson for Meta said The Guardian in a report.
Facebook has already received bad news this week in the United States, as a federal judge has said that 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 engaging in “anti-competitive behavior” against its rivals.
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