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Zuckerberg’s Meta Faces $3.8B Lawsuit Over Data Collection in the UK Zuckerberg’s Meta Faces $3.8B Lawsuit Over Data Collection in the UK

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A legal storm is brewing for Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Platforms Inc. as a staggering $3.8 billion (Β£3 billion) lawsuit has been filed against the company in the U.K., potentially impacting a colossal 45 million individuals.

Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen has taken the first shot, initiating a lawsuit that accuses Facebook, under its new name Meta, of demanding extensive data access on non-Facebook platforms such as Instagram. Meta has been quick to refute the claim, labelling it as β€œentirely without merit.”

The lawsuit alleges that Facebook leveraged its market dominance in the social media sector, essentially making platform access a β€œtake-it-or-leave-it” offer, forcing users to allow Facebook to use their β€œOff-Facebook” data.

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The claim posits that Facebook’s actions led to U.K. users suffering losses and damages, primarily because they were not adequately compensated for the commercial value of their data collected and monetised by Facebook.

The case will be heard by the Competition Appeal Tribunal, a specialist body focusing on competition and economic regulation. The lawsuit seeks damages ranging from $2.6 to $3.9 billion (Β£2.07 – Β£3.1 billion).

Those with a Facebook account between February 2016 and October 2023 would be eligible for compensation if the lawsuit succeeds. Meta has previously faced legal action, having paid $725 million (Β£583 million) in a U.S. privacy case in 2023.

Why It Matters: This lawsuit is yet another addition to Meta’s growing list of legal battles. Notably, the company faced a $600 million lawsuit from a Spanish media association in December 2023, which alleged unfair competition within the advertising market.

In June 2023, a controversial bill passed in Louisiana sparked fierce debates over minors’ online access. Subsequently, in October 2023, Meta was accused of targeting youth with addictive features in a bipartisan attorneys general suit. To add to its legal entanglements, Meta proposed a $51 million settlement in response to a class-action lawsuit in Canada.

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Disclaimer: This content was partially produced with the help of Benzinga Neuro and was reviewed and published by Benzinga editors.

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