U.S. Judge: Facebook Must Face Non-Claims Class Action in Data Breach Case

A federal judge in the United States says as many as 29 million Facebook users whose personal information was stolen in the September 2018 data breach cannot file claims as a group, but after a series of privacy breaches, they can seek better security for the social media company.

In a ruling late Tuesday night local time (early Wednesday morning Beijing time), U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco said that neither the cost of credit monitoring nor the impairment of the value of stolen personal information would support a class action by the affected user. cognitive impairment.”

U.S. Judge: Facebook Must Face Non-Claims Class Action in Data Breach Case

Alsup also said that in terms of users taking time to mitigate the harm and the damage they suffer, decisions need to be made on a human basis rather than a single collective assessment. Affected users can sue as a group for Facebook to use automated security monitoring, improve staff training, and better educate users about the threat of hacking. Facebook had previously defended its claim that it had fixed the vulnerability that led to the data breach, so it did not need to take such steps, but Mr. Alsup rejected the plea.

“Facebook has repeatedly caused losses to user privacy, which means that it needs to be monitored for a long time,” at least in the current litigation phase, Alsup wrote in his ruling.

If Alsup’s ruling had allowed Facebook users to launch a class action to seek damages, Facebook would have faced higher total expenses.

Lawyers for Facebook users have not responded to requests for comment, and Facebook has not responded to similar requests.

On September 28, 2018, Facebook said hackers used software vulnerabilities to access the accounts of 50 million users in what was then considered the biggest hackine in the company’s 14-year history. Two weeks later, Facebook scaled back the number of affected users, saying 30 million users had their access tokens stolen, while 29 million users had their personal information, such as gender, religious beliefs, email addresses, phone numbers and search history, stolen.

Facebook faces privacy-related lawsuits, such as allowing Cambridge Analytica, a British political consultancy, to access data from 87m users in a data breach scandal that sparked user lawsuits.

In September, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said Facebook must face most claims related to third-party access to user data, such as Cambridge Analytica, and pointed out that Facebook’s view is that when it comes to what users expect from privacy. “The big mistake is wrong.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined his “privacy-centric vision” for social media in a March 6 blog post. “Privacy gives people the freedom to do it and connect more naturally, and that’s why we build social networks,” he wrote. “

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