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French NGO threatens Facebook with privacy lawsuit

A French NGO said Friday it was pursuing a class action suit against Facebook, saying the social network was violating users privacy despite the enactment of strict new EU rules this year. Internet Society France, part of the Internet Society global advocacy group, said it had sent Facebook a formal notice listing seven areas where it had allegedly failed to respect personal data. It said several hundred people had joined its campaign, part of the eBastille initiative, and it hopes to get 100 million of Facebook s 278 million users in France to back the lawsuit. This action aims to show that individuals are neither alone nor powerless to have their rights respected, said Odile Ambry, the group s honorary president. We hope this will create a European dynamic, she said. Facebook s alleged faults include gathering data on users sexuality, religious beliefs and political views, and not allowing people to partially block data gathering. The group also claims Facebook uses cookies .

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