(Reuters) – Facebook Inc. is facing a second class action lawsuit in London High Court over allegations that it failed to protect the personal data of around one million people in England and Wales, in the latest trial of a scandal over data harvest
Journalist and author Peter Jukes said on Tuesday that he had filed a lawsuit for unspecified but "significant" damages three years after the social media giant was fined in the UK for how the third-party app "This Is Your Digital Life" gathered Facebook. users' data without consent between 2013 and 2015.
The lawsuit is the second to claim that Facebook allowed third-party apps to harvest data from friends without their permission or knowledge. Dispute firm Milberg London LLP, which advises on a similar claim filed in October last year, said it was surprised to hear about the rival lawsuit.
The Fallen threw a new spotlight on a scandal that began with allegations that Cambridge Analytica Ltd., a British political consulting firm employed by former President Donald Trump's 201
UK Information Commissioners Office 2018 fines Facebook £ 500,000 ($ 687,000) for treating users' personal data unfairly. by giving app developers access to their information and their friends' information without sufficiently clear and informed consent between 2007 and 2014.
A Facebook spokesman said: "The Information Commissioner's inquiry into these issues … found no evidence that any UK or EU user data was transferred by ("This Is Your Digital Life" app developer Dr. Aleksandr) Kogan to Cambridge Analytica, "without comment.
Cambridge Analytica, which initiated bankruptcy proceedings in 2018, has denied that it used such information for the US election campaign in 2016. It has also said that the working hours of the Leave.UK campaign for Brexit 2016 failed.
The latest London claim is being brought on behalf of adult Facebook users who were "friends" with a user of the app before May. 2015. Mr Jukes receives advice from the American law firm Hausfeld LLP and the claim is financed by Balance Legal Capital LLP. into a lawsuit unless individuals opt out, are still uncommon in the UK.
The UK's Supreme Court is expected to rule on the law in April, when it hears a pending case against internet giant Google LLC over alleged illegal tracking of iPhone users in 2011 and 2012 through third-party cookies.