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  • Vishal Narayan

UK judge gives go ahead to 3 billion GBP lawsuit against Meta



A UK judge has given a go ahead to a class action lawsuit against Facebook owner Meta for potentially worth 3 billion GBP over allegations of imposing on users a sweeping condition over data usage.


According to BBC, the lawsuit has been initiated by legal academic Liza Lovdahl Gormsenon on behalf of 45 million Facebook users.


The lawsuit is expected to go to hearing in early 2026 and will be heard at London-based Competition Appeal Tribunal.


The lawsuit argues that Facebook struck an unfair bargain with its users in relation to its collection of their data on their activities outside of Facebook.


These data include data collected on other Meta-owned products such as Instagram, as well as third party websites and apps across the internet.


"Facebook requires users to give up Off-Facebook Data as a condition of accessing the Facebook platform, pursuant to a 'take-it-or-leave-it' offer," the legal notice read.


The lawsuit includes Facebook users who were on the platform any time between February, 2016 and October, 2023. The lawsuit had earlier been rejected by the court in 2023, but a revised version has now been accepted.


According to BBC, Meta said the claims "remain entirely without merit and we will vigorously defend against them."

 

 

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