A class-action lawsuit alleges that Facebook violated federal wiretap statutes by tracking people’s Internet browser history even when they are not logged in.
The 17-page complaint, which also alleges breach of contract, unjust enrichment, trespassing and invasion of privacy, claims that Facebook has been tracking, collecting, and storing users’ electronic communications, including — but not limited to — portions of Internet browsing history even when a user wasn’t logged into the social network.
The intention is to gather the information of other users who think their data may have been compromised and to present the case to the courts as a class action suit.
If you’re logged out or don’t have a Facebook account and visit a website with the like button or another social plugin, your browser sends us a more limited set of information. For example, because you’re not logged in to Facebook, we don’t receive your user ID.
This evidence comes mere weeks after Australian blogger Nik Cubrilovic published evidence that Facebook like buttons track users browsing even when they aren’t logged in.
The cookies were later discovered on several T-Mobile cell phones, and they are thought to track your movements on other carriers as well.
Look for more on this in coming weeks. We’re used to cookies when browsing the web, but most users have yet to experience a cookie that tracked their mobile browsing habits.
What sort of outcome do you expect for this lawsuit, readers?