Legal News

Facebook Sued by Privacy Watchdog for Secret Experiment
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

facebook

A formal complaint was filed with the Federal Trade Commission by a privacy watchdog group claiming Facebook broke the law when it performed a study on emotions of users without their consent, according to a report from USA Today.

The complaint was filed on Thursday by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. According to the complaint, Facebook deceived its users by conducting a psychological experiment secretly. The experiment was done to see if people’s emotions are influenced by seeing positive or negative things on their news feeds.

  
What
Where


“At the time of the experiment, Facebook did not state in the Data Use Policy that user data would be used for research purposes. Facebook also failed to inform users that their personal information would be shared with researchers,” the complaint says.

A statement, obtained by USA Today, was issued by Facebook:

“When someone signs up for Facebook, we’ve always asked permission to use their information to provide and enhance the services we offer. To suggest we conducted any corporate research without permission is complete fiction,” the statement says. “Companies that want to improve their services use the information their customers provide, whether their privacy policy uses the word ‘research’ or not.”

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!!




Facebook is also being investigated by British authorities for privacy issues.





 

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Real Estate Transactional Attorney with 4-12 years of leasing experience

USA-CA-Orange

Irvine office of our client seeks real estate transactional attorney with 4-12 years of experience. ...

Apply Now

Complex Litigation Attorney with 3-5 years of arbitration experience

USA-FL-Miami

Miami office of our client seeks complex litigation attorney with 3-5 years of law firm experience i...

Apply Now

Commercial Litigation Attorney with 1-3 years of experience

USA-TX-Dallas

Dallas office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 1-3 years of experience. The candidate wi...

Apply Now

Labor and Employment Attorney with 3-4 years of litigation experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of our client seeks labor and employment attorney with 3-4 years of litigation ex...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Legal Assistant- Bilingual

USA-NV-Las Vegas

Prestigious personal injury firm seeks superstar BILINGUAL legal assistant! Candidate MUST have...

Apply now

Paralegal

USA-AL-Montgomery

Overview The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking...

Apply now

Business Law Associate | Burlington

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin is seeking an attorney with 4 to 8 years of experience to join its very busy pr...

Apply now

Business Law Junior Associate | Burlington, VT

USA-VT-Burlington

Downs Rachlin Martin seeks associate attorney with 1-3 years of experience to join its Commercial an...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top