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Users finds no virtue in Myspace privacy

On April 16, 2011, in Litigation, Social Networking, United States, by Jorge Espinosa

Two Myspace users, Linda Virtue and Lily Castro, filed suit against Myspace in the Eastern District of New York, Virtue v. Myspace, Inc (Case No. 11-cv-1800), alleging violation of federal privacy law. The 13 count, 33 page complaint alleges breach of the Stored Data Communications Act, breach of contract, invasion of privacy and various other common law counts. The suit bases its claim on the Myspace practice of sending advertisers the user’s unique ID numbers when they click on ads. The unique ID’s can be tied to user’s personal profiles including their name, age and browsing history. The plaintiffs claim that Myspace does this after falsely assuring its users that they can restrict information disclosure.

Myspace, a social networking service operated by News Corp., was a predecessor to Facebook which has seen rapidly declining membership in recent years.

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