According to the complaint filed by Rutledge’s attorneys, “Leading up to September 23, 2011, Facebook tracked, collected, and stored its users’ wire or electronic communications, including but not limited to portions of their Internet browsing history even when the users were not logged-in to Facebook. Plaintiff did not give consent or otherwise authorize Facebook to intercept, track, collect, and store her wire or electronic communications, including but not limited to her Internet browsing history when not logged-in to Facebook.”
The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, violation of federal wiretap statutes, unjust enrichment, and trespassing among other offenses. Facebook denies Rutledge’s claims, but the social media giant has been forced to concede in the past that some of its cookies ‘inadvertently’ tracks users, although it claims the issue has now been corrected.
The lawsuit is just one of several filed against Facebook alleging similar claims, and is reported to have class action status.