The US judge dismissed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking online users’ activity even after they unsubscribed from the social media website.
In a ruling late Friday, District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, Calif., Said the complainant did not show that they had a reasonable expectation of privacy or that they suffered any “real” economic damage or loss.
The complainant claimed that “Facebook violated the federal privacy and eavesdropped law of California, by storing cookies on their browsers that were being tracked when they visited outside of websites with Facebook like buttons.”
However, the judge said that complainant could take a major steps to make their search history private and did not show that Facebook which is illegally “intercepted” or eavesdropped on its communications.
Davila said that “The fact that a user’s search engine automatically sends the same information to both parties, which means Facebook and an external website, does not determine that one party interrupted the user’s communication with another.”
Lawyers for prosecutors did not respond to comments requests made on Monday. Facebook did not immediately respond to a similar request.
Davila also added “the complainant can not restore their privacy and complaint, but they can try again to break the contract. He rejected the earlier version of the 5-1 / 2 case in October 2015.”
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