posted on Jun, 22 2012 @ 02:25 PM
Privacy Lawyers Sell Out Facebook Users for $10 Million
Our esteemed fellow member Corruption Exposed
offered us this Breaking Alternative News thread last May;
Facebook Suit Over Subscriber Tracking Seeks $15 Billion
And as a follow-up, I humbly submit this development for those tracking the goings on....
Facebook is agreeing to give its users the right to “limit” how the social-networking site uses their faces in ads, as a part of a way to
settle a privacy lawsuit brought against the company.
So the legal confrontation ends in a "settlement" .... right?
But the settlement seems like a huge departure from the entire point of the complaint.
The case, for those unfamiliar with is was against Facebook’s "Sponsored Stories program"
Sponsored stories work like this: If a Facebook user ‘likes’ an advertiser, that user’s profile and picture may appear on their friends’
Facebook pages — in ads — stating that the person, indeed, ‘likes’ that advertiser. Facebook also reserves the right to do this on ads that
appear on sites other than Facebook.
The entire complaint was centered around the fact that Facebook buried this "term/condition" within the mountainous volume of their 'user
agreement.' Which according to the complaint was that the users were not adequately informed of this use of their likeness and assumed support of
yet to be approved settlement text
As part of the deal, the social-networking site will have to disclose to Facebook users in its new terms of service, which nobody reads, that it
can use its 850 million users as public spokespersons for some company for just having “Liked” a company in order to watch a movie or get a
Ready for the slap-in-the-face moment Facebook aficionados?
While the 45-page settlement agreement is nebulous at best when it comes to how much a Facebook user would be able to stop appearing on Sponsored
Stories, the deal makes clear that plaintiff’s lawyers are entitled to up to $10 million in fees, and that Facebook will donate $10 million
to charity. Facebook users receive no compensation under the deal.
Another - less acknowledged point... the settlement is good for two years only.... after that ... who knows?
Interestingly, when Facebook lost to a suit regarding the data exploitation of their "Beacon" program.. they "admitted no wrongdoing".... which is
something I thought only "evil" corporations did..... I guess I was wrong... because I bet this settlement which privacy lawyers are likely
celebrating over, will likely be exactly the same.
The data of some 850 million users are at the disposal of Facebook's marketing folks.... accept it.