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Facebook Facing Privacy Suit Claiming Private Messages Mined For Profit

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MENLO PARK (CNET) — Facebook is facing a class action lawsuit for allegedly violating its members’ right to privacy. The social network is being sued by members who claim that the company intercepts private messages, without consent, to mine the data for its own profit.

On Monday, Matthew Campbell and Michael Hurley filed suit against Facebook with the Northern District Court of California. The men accuse Facebook of scanning private messages with URLs in them “for purposes including but not limited to data mining and user profiling.” The suit asserts that this practice is a violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

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