ANGEL FRALEY V. FACEBOOK, INC.

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posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:05 PM
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The lawsuit was first filed in California superior court on March 11, 2011.[1] Facebook removed the case to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, where it was assigned to Judge Lucy H. Koh.[2]

Wiki...

Here is a copy of an e-mail i just recieved.

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You are receiving this e-mail because you may have been featured in a "Sponsored Story" on Facebook prior to December 3, 2012.

A federal court authorized this Notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

Why did I get this notice? This Notice relates to a proposed settlement ("Settlement") of a class action lawsuit ("Action") filed against Facebook relating to a particular Facebook feature called "Sponsored Stories." According to available records, you may be a "Class Member."

What is the Action about? The Action claims that Facebook unlawfully used the names, profile pictures, photographs, likenesses, and identities of Facebook users in the United States to advertise or sell products and services through Sponsored Stories without obtaining those users' consent. Facebook denies any wrongdoing and any liability whatsoever. No court or other entity has made any judgment or other determination of any liability.

What is a Sponsored Story? Sponsored Stories are a form of advertising that typically contains posts which appeared on facebook.com about or from a Facebook user or entity that a business, organization, or individual has paid to promote so there is a better chance that the posts will be seen by the user or entity's chosen audience. Sponsored Stories may be displayed, for example, when a Facebook user interacts with the Facebook service (including sub-domains, international versions, widgets, plug-ins, platform applications or games, and mobile applications) in certain ways, such as by clicking on the Facebook "Like" button on a business's, organization's, or individual's Facebook page. Sponsored Stories typically include a display of a Facebook user's Facebook name (i.e., the name the user has associated with his or her Facebook account) and/or profile picture (if the user has uploaded one) with a statement describing the user's interaction with the Facebook service, such as "John Smith likes UNICEF," "John Smith played Farmville," or "John Smith shared a link."

What relief does the Settlement provide? Facebook will pay $20 million into a fund that can be used, in part, to pay claims of Class Members (including Minor Class Members) who appeared in a Sponsored Story. Each participating Class Member who submits a valid and timely claim form may be eligible to receive up to $10. The amount, if any, paid to each claimant depends upon the number of claims made and other factors detailed in the Settlement. No one knows in advance how much each claimant will receive, or whether any money will be paid directly to claimants. If the number of claims made renders it economically infeasible to pay money to persons who make a timely and valid claim, payment will be made to the not-for-profit organizations identified on the Settlement website at www.fraleyfacebooksettlement.com (if clicking on the link does not work, copy and paste the website address into a web browser). These organizations are involved in educational outreach that teaches adults and children how to use social media technologies safely, or are involved in research of social media, with a focus on critical thinking around advertising and commercialization, and particularly with protecting the interests of children.

In addition to monetary relief, Facebook will (a) revise its terms of service (known as the "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" or "SRR") to more fully explain the instances in which users agree to the display of their names and profile pictures in connection with Sponsored Stories; (b) create an easily accessible mechanism that enables users to view, on a going-forward basis, the subset of their interactions and other content on Facebook that have been displayed in Sponsored Stories (if any); (c) develop settings that will allow users to prevent particular items or categories of content or information related to them from being displayed in future Sponsored Stories; (d) revise its SRR to confirm that minors represent that their parent or legal guardian consents to the use of the minor's name and profile picture in connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content; (e) provide parents and legal guardians with additional information about how advertising works on Facebook in its Family Safety Center and provide parents and legal guardians with additional tools to control whether their children's names and profile pictures are displayed in connection with Sponsored Stories; and (f) add a control in minor users' profiles that enables each minor user to indicate that his or her parents are not Facebook users and, where a minor user indicates that his or her parents are not on Facebook, Facebook will make the minor ineligible to appear in Sponsored Stories until he or she reaches the age of 18, until the minor changes his or her setting to indicate that his or her parents are on Facebook, or until a confirmed parental relationship with the minor user is established.

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If you google the court case information you will find many sources citing it as a real case. Now my question is, is this an internet privacy ruling win for the good guys (us?)?

And just a heads up for anyone else who receives the e-mail.

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posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:13 PM
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I got this email. I deleted it . I think I may be able to live without those whopping 10$.
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posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:14 PM
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You could be ten bucks richer.

lol.
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posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:17 PM
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I got it too...and learned that I can get a whopping $10!!! Scratch that...make it "up to $10"...

Crazy! And here all this time I thought all my stuff was secure and safe on facebook!!

/sarcasm

This is one reason why I rarely, if ever get on facebook anymore



posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:19 PM
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I got that email too. I think they are bribing us to say bad things about facebook. With $10. -.-

Needless to say, no way.



posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:23 PM
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Hi FB fans or no-fans !

Here it is again:

Twitter Hacked; 250,000 User Accounts Potentially Compromised :
www.abovetopsecret.com...

Farcebook scans conversations, chats and posts. . .
www.abovetopsecret.com...

Farcebook leaks its own code. . .
www.pcmag.com...

Farcebook security lapse leaves private photos exposed. . .
www.readwriteweb.com...

Farcebook, a black hole for personal info. . .
yro.slashdot.org.../02/12/1354255&from=rss

And if it ever happens to you, this is what farcebook sends to police
when they come asking for your information:
superchief.tv...

Blue skies.
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posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:32 PM
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Hi Angel, I got one of these notices last week. I even posted it on my Facebook page... funniest thing is that it stayed a text link and the posting did not contain a preview of story quote as usually happens on Facebook.....

link to the lawsuit website....

www.fraleyfacebooksettlement.com...
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posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:45 PM
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If you google the court case information you will find many sources citing it as a real case. Now my question is, is this an internet privacy ruling win for the good guys (us?)?


According to the lawsuit website this not about a security related issue but one related to the non-copyrighted use of your name and images that you posted on Facebook. Facebook would use your name in advertisements directed at your friends list. Well, at least that is what I get out of reading the lawsuit website.



posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 09:51 PM
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Don't forget, the attorney(s) will get at least 30% of that 10 bucks.......easy street, here I come



posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 10:21 PM
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That's weird, I clicked on this post almost the same time that exact email came into my inbox.



posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 10:25 PM
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Hahahah! No one reads the terms and conditions? When you make a Facebook Account, it says that they monitor your conversations, its a public website you are putting your information on, and it's linked with google, and other search engines. You make an account, you have to click accept. If you don't want information released, don't click accept? She's gonna fail. She's not the only person to try and sue facebook. Lawl.

If i'm not mistaken, that's how he made his first large sum of money. Source: "The Social Network".

We know the terms of SOCIAL, and the terms of NETWORK. Facebook? Is a social network.



posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 10:39 PM
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Originally posted by pointr97
Don't forget, the attorney(s) will get at least 30% of that 10 bucks.......easy street, here I come


30% of $20 million isn't a bad pay day for the attorneys...



posted on Feb, 2 2013 @ 02:55 AM
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Facebook is the cause of many issues in many people's lives. It is also a big part of the regression into childish behaviours that is plaguing our civilized world today. Do not misjudge however, I have a Facebook account, I rarely post on it though.

"lol this bitch don't know what I got on her man, she keep it up i...blah blah blah" - Said half the Facebook users, ever.





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