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posted by janrinok on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the we-were-wrong-but-we-don't-do-it-now-defence dept.

The Vancouver Sun reports that the BC Supreme court has approved a class action lawsuit against Facebook. From TFA:

British Columbia's Supreme Court gave the go-ahead Friday to a class-action suit against Facebook seeking damages for the networking giant's practice of turning users into brand ambassadors when they hit the "like" button for a product or service.

Judge Susan Griffin said there is evidence that the names or portraits of B.C. residents who are Facebook users were used without their consent in Facebook's Sponsored Stories. Facebook, which last year paid $20 million US to settle a lawsuit in the United States over its sponsored stories, stopped using them earlier this year.

In the Globe and Mail story Facebook seems to claim that because they no longer do this they shouldn't be held accountable for doing it in the past.

 
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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by zocalo on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:56PM

    by zocalo (302) on Saturday May 31 2014, @06:56PM (#49675)
    Yeah, I came up with the same analogy only using theft as soon as as I read that BS defence: FB steal stuff in the US and Canada, then get busted in the US and (reluctantly?) see the error their ways, so everything they stole in Canada are theirs to keep?

    I think not. Maybe they *should* try the one with the Wookie, it might stand a better chance in court.
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