Facebook is facing a class-action lawsuit claiming the social networking site sifted through private message for targeted advertising purposes, which violates both state and federal law. The plaintiffs claim scanning of the messages violates the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the California’s Invasion of Privacy Act.
A US district judge has dismissed the ECPA and CIPA claims. Facebook’s terms of service was too vague to surmise whether users consented to the scanning of their privates messages for advertising. In October, a motion hearing said Facebook has the right to analyze its users messages. Other companies have had similar lawsuits such as Yahoo! and Earthlink.
Facebook has been issued a class action lawsuit over message scanning for advertising. If you use any social media you should read this article.