A little while ago we brought you news that Facebook was facing a lawsuit that could cost the company as much as $15 billion. The suit alleges that Facebook continued to track users’ internet activities even after they logged out of Facebook, and that this constituted a violation of the U.S. Wiretap Act. If found liable, the statute would require Facebook to pay up to $10,000 per user.
When preparing the earlier story, I attempted to contact Facebook to get their response to the situation. They did not reply by the time the story ran. Just a few minutes ago, though, a Facebook spokesperson contacted me with the following statement: “We believe this complaint is without merit and we will fight it vigorously.”
There you have it. Short and to the point. It’s worth noting, too, that the suit itself is not technically new. As noted in the earlier story, this suit is actually a combination of several suits that were ongoing, and about which Facebook already knew. Even so, the case itself will certainly be worth following as it unfolds over the next few months.