Lawsuit Claims Cookies Violate Federal Wiretap Law
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Facebook users beware, if you do not log out of the site and begin browsing on other websites, your friends will be able to see what you are reading, or watching for that matter. You will also be able to see what your friends are reading and watching if they never log out of Facebook as well. The reason for this is simple; browser cookies.

One of the most common questions out there today is whether or not browser tracking cookies violate federal wiretap laws. Logically, the answer to this question is usually no, but some courts will rule differently. The rulings all depend on how the case is presented, who the judge is, and if there are any precedents that can be related to the current case.


A lawsuit has been filed by someone who regularly uses Facebook while claiming a class of 150 million people in the suit. The damages will range from hundreds to thousands of dollars because the suit claims 150 million people. The lawsuit has been filed because the plaintiff claims that Facebook violated wiretap laws by recording the online browsing history of the plaintiff even when he was not logged into Facebook.

The lawsuit was filed in Kentucky and says that “Facebook puts tracking cookies on its users’ browsers that follow their Internet activity.”

What most internet users know and understand is that almost all websites keep a record of what you look at and what you purchase so they can suggest other items to you and place proper advertisements on the site while you browse. The question that comes into the picture now is whether or not this is an illegal practice.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

The plaintiff in the lawsuit is David Hoffman, and he is asking for a temporary and preliminary injunction that would restrain Facebook from recording internet information when users are not logged into the site. This goes along with the class action lawsuits he is also filing. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff has also asked for $100 per day per member of the class, which comes out to be a $10,000 fine per violation.

What could be a differentiating factor in this lawsuit is the fact that the plaintiff has alleged that the cookies were recorded while the browsers were offline, which means they were not logged into the site. In previous lawsuits, issues have been about simple online browsing of websites. This is where the plaintiff claims that Facebook has been violating the federal wiretap laws of the country.

One thing that internet browsers should know is that cookies, at least the ones in this lawsuit, cannot be detected by computer users. This makes things very scary when it comes to browsing the internet, no matter what website you are visiting.


Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

General Municipal Law Attorney with land use experience


Oakland office of our client seeks general municipal law attorney with experience advising public ag...

Apply Now

Senior Land Use Attorney with experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks senior land use attorney with 7+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Immigration Attorney with portable business


McLean office is seeking an immigration attorney with $500,000+ in portable business.

Apply Now

Attorney with 1-2 years of business immigration experience


Chicago office of our client seeks attorney with 1-2 years of business immigration experience. The c...

Apply Now




Boutique East Bay litigation defense firm is seeking a junior to mid-level attorney. Candidates for ...

Apply now

Managing Director, Litigation Finance Investments


Title                ...

Apply now

Contract Associate


Seeking lawyer with at least 2 yrs experience in complex real estate transactional matters, with wil...

Apply now

Products Liability & Mass Tort Litigation Associate


The candidate must have 1- 5 years of civil litigation experience, preferably with some background i...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top