Competition legislation knowledgeable Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen has introduced the category-motion lawsuit in opposition to Facebook’s dad or mum agency Meta on the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal, Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
The lawsuit claims that Facebook ought to pay its 44 million UK customers compensation for the exploitation of their data between 2015 and 2019.
“It is claimed this allowed the firm to generate billions in revenues from their data, while users received no monetary returns, which the claim labels an ‘unfair deal’, said the report.
The lawsuit alleged that Facebook made billions by “imposing unfair phrases and circumstances that demanded shoppers give up helpful private data to entry the community”.
“In the 17 years because it was created, Facebook turned the only social community in the UK the place you may be sure you join with family and friends in one place,” Gormsen said in a statement.
“Yet, there was a darkish facet to Facebook; it abused its market dominance to impose unfair phrases and circumstances on atypical Britons giving it the facility to use their private data. I’m launching this case to safe billions of kilos of damages for the 44 million Britons who had their data exploited by Facebook,” she elaborated.
Dr Gormsen is a Senior Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the director of the Competition Law Forum.
The lawsuit claimed that Facebook was able to impose terms and conditions on UK users which enabled this data gathering because of its market dominance.
The claim is being brought in London under the Consumer Act 2015.
Reacting to the lawsuit, a Meta spokesperson said that people access our service for free.
“They select our companies as a result of we ship worth for them they usually have significant management of what info they share on Meta’s platforms and with whom. We have invested closely to create instruments that permit them to take action,” the company spokesperson added.
The UK case came after Facebook lost an attempt this week to strike out an antitrust lawsuit in the US by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
US competition watchdog FTC can proceed with a breakup lawsuit against Facebook’s owner, a federal judge ruled.