Facebook’s Tracking Of Non-Users Sparks Broader Privacy Concerns Zuckerberg said that, for security reasons, the company collects “data of people who have not signed up for Facebook.”

You'd think so, but I've been pondering on it a while and I'm not sure there's precedent. I don't know that I have a right to assert with respect to the data they collect as a non-user. I mean, if I were to file a suit I would make a claim to it, but I think at best I'd get an injunction only. And one I probably would have no real way to enforce.

Class action might make sense, I don't practice that kind of law, but I just can't find a basis for monetary damages. And that's what clas actions are for. As a non-FBuser, I haven't really been harmed per se. Not like I could've collected and sold my own data if FB hadn't. Maybe nominal damages? Any class action lawyers out there willing to input their 2 cents?

Same problem with the individual suit. Yea, I don't like that they create dark profiles with my data even though I've never used FB, but the law as written now does not give me any rights with respect to my online activities.

This is why the industry fought so hard against govt regulations and for self-regulation. It's not just that they don't want to be told what to do, it's that it hamstrings legal efforts when they fuck up. Individual privacy rights are very limited and pretty much all civil litigation requires some kind of monetary or at least tangible damage. I don't know. Maybe I can sue for simple negligence in that they failed to protect data collected. But I still can't prove I was harmed and my being angry about it unfortunately doesn't count. We need to have online rights that are legally recognizable and that exist outside of a third party's actions. It shouldn't matter that user data is only valuable in aggregate.

Arglebargle. All this nonsense makes me so angry and I've never even had an FB account because I'm an asocial asshat. I hope the EU, which does legally recognize online privacy, rakes them over the coals on our behalf. I'm usually gung ho for self regulation, esp with regard to internet service, but it so obviously isn't working.

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