Facebook Privacy Breach

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Siskinds LLP has filed a proposed privacy breach class proceeding against Facebook, Inc. and Facebook Canada Ltd. arising from the improper collection and disclosure of user information to the political consultancy firm, Cambridge Analytica, and its related entities.

The class action has been brought on behalf of all Canadian residents whose Facebook information was shared with Cambridge Analytica, and it claims general, compensatory and punitive damages on behalf of affected individuals. According to Facebook, at least 622,161 Canadian residents have been impacted by the breach.

The lawsuit alleges that Facebook and Facebook Canada disclosed users’ personal information without their consent and failed to take appropriate measures to protect their privacy. Facebook is the subject of an investigation by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada for potential violations of Canada’s privacy laws.

In April 2018, Facebook notified the individuals whose information was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. To learn whether their information was shared with Cambridge Analytica, Facebook users may also click on this link while logged in to Facebook.

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