Facebook (Meta)’s violation of its users’ privacy rights
Over the last decade, Facebook. violated its users’ privacy rights by providing access to their personal and private information to third parties without those users’ knowledge and/or consent. This practice has impacted hundreds of millions of users and has permitted Facebook to grow its business and generate important profits for the company.
The proposed class action all persons in Quebec who had a Facebook account during the period from July 27, 2012 to present. In doing so, the plaintiffs allege that Facebook violated the rights of class members under the Quebec Charter of human rights and freedoms, the Consumer Protection Act, the Civil Code of Quebec, Quebec’s private sector privacy legislation, and in contract.
As a result, the proposed class action seeks punitive damages in order to sanction Facebook for its wrongful conduct and to deter future breaches of users’ rights.
On October 27, 2020, Stuart Thiel and Brianna Thicke filed an amended Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action against Facebook Inc.
On February 19, 2021, Justice Davis of the Superior Court rejected Facebook’s application for permission to introduce an affidavit from one of its Vice-Presidents denying many of the allegations made in the plaintiffs’ application for authorization.
In that judgment, the Court defined the class as follows:
All persons in Quebec who had a Facebook account during the period from July 27, 2012 to present.
On November 19, 2021, the plaintiffs filed an Originating Application in the Superior Court.
Are You a Member?
You are covered by this Application for Authorization to Institute a Class Action if:
– You have or had a Facebook account;
– Your personal information was made accessible to third parties without your consent by Facebook AND/OR as a result of exemptions from Facebook’s privacy rules; AND
– From 2010 onward.
You can register to receive more information on this case. We will keep you informed of developments in the lawsuit as they occur.
For more information on how to become a member of a class action, see our section What are Class Actions?
The members are jointly represented by TJL and Charney Lawyers.