In the United Kingdom, several forensic experts led by Liza Lovdahl Gormsen have joined together to file a complaint against Meta. The latter are claiming 2.3 billion pounds from the group, or 2.8 billion euros, in compensation for the 44 million Facebook users in the country.
No time to breathe for Meta. After the record fine imposed on it by the CNIL a few days ago, the web giant is facing a new legal action from the United Kingdom. This time, it does not laugh any more. The panel, led by Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, is demanding no less than £ 2.3 billion, or 2.8 billion euros at the parent company of Facebook. Once again, the social network is blamed for its unscrupulous espionage practices.
The expert group explains that it acts on behalf of the 44 million British users who visited the platform at least once between 2015 and 2019. Dr Lovdahl Gormsen accuses Meta of having made his tool available to “An unfair price”. To have the right to share their daily life and have access to Facebook content, users had to agree to share all of their personal data.
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“In the 17 years since its inception, Facebook has become the only social network in the UK where you can be sure to connect with friends and family in one place.”, relates Liza Lovdahl Gormsen. “Yet Facebook had a dark side: it abused its dominant market position to impose unfair conditions on ordinary Brits, which allowed it to exploit their personal data. I am launching this case to seek billions of pounds in damages for the 44 million Britons whose data has been exploited by Facebook. “
The complaint wishes in particular to focus on the spy pixel affair, which recently made the headlines again with Firefox’s “Facebook Pixel Hunt” initiative. Liza Lovdahl Gormsen explains that “You may know that your data will be used by Facebook. But what pixels do is when you use a third party website, which of course has nothing to do with Facebook. This means that Facebook created many, many, many more data points about you than you actually knew you signed up for. “