Koskie Minsky LLP has commenced a class proceeding against Facebook, Inc.
The claim alleges that Facebook was aware that its platform could easily and readily be used by third parties to steal users’ personal information. Facebook’s failure to monitor the activities of third-party application developers to whom it has granted access to its platform has resulted in the misuse of personal information of millions of Facebook users.
On September 28, 2018 Facebook announced that approximately 90 million users accounts worldwide may have compromised. These users were hacked via a series of vulnerabilities in Facebook’s code relating to the “View As” privacy tool. The hackers took advantage of these vulnerabilities to steal user access tokens and thus were able to “seize control” of affected user accounts.
The claim is brought on behalf of two classes.
The first class is all persons who registered for Facebook accounts wherever they may live, who did not utilize, download, or otherwise access applications created by third parties and whose personal information was obtained from Facebook by third parties, either directly or indirectly, without authorization or in excess of authorization.
The second class is all persons who registered for Facebook accounts wherever they may be domiciled, who, as a result of the “View As” privacy tool, had their Facebook access tokens stolen or had their account accessed without authorization.
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