12:26pm

Wed October 12, 2011
The Commonwealth

Facebook Sued for Misusing Client Data

A Kentucky man wants a judge to grant class action status to a federal lawsuit against Facebook. In the suit, Paducah-resident David Hoffman accuses the social media site of violating the Wiretap Act. It prohibits the installation of a cookie on a user’s computer which tracks browsing history even after logging off. 

The lawsuit seeks a preliminary and temporary injunction calling for Facebook to stop intercepting information and disclosing already acquired information. The suit is also seeking damages of 100 dollars per day for each of the nearly 150 million users or 10,000 dollars per violation. Hoffman's attorney Mark Byrant declined to comment. Similar suits alleging Facebook of violating privacy laws have been filed recently in Kansas and Louisiana. Facebook officials haven't been reached for comment.