Facebook faces "class action" suite in Winnepeg, Manitoba

A class action suit was filed on July 2 in the Queen's Bench Court in Winnepeg, Manitoba. Merchant Law Group LLP filed the action on behalf of Donald Woligroski, a Winnepeg Facebook user against Facebook. "Facebook misrepresented to its profit, its privacy policies and how Facebook would share, use and disseminate the personal information of […]

A class action suit was filed on July 2 in the Queen's Bench Court in Winnepeg, Manitoba. Merchant Law Group LLP filed the action on behalf of Donald Woligroski, a Winnepeg Facebook user against Facebook. "Facebook misrepresented to its profit, its privacy policies and how Facebook would share, use and disseminate the personal information of the plaintiff and class action members," the lawsuit reads in part.

The social networking site says the suit is without merit and intends to fight it when the case goes to trial.

Canadian authorities had also looked into this process last year, and its privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart had expressed concern about Facebook's actions without those non-users' consent. "Facebook should provide non-users with an efficient way of finding their personal information and removing it from the site," she said at the time.