Facebook faced a judge in U.S. court in California this week, because of a lawsuit in which Facebook members charged that it gave personal data to advertisers for users who clicked on ads.
The social networking giant argues that all eight of the claims in the suit should be thrown out because the plaintiffs did not show enough evidence of injury to justify the case. U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose did not agree, but he did throw out five of the eight claims.
For the other three claims, Judge Ware ruled “the court finds that plaintiffs have alleged sufficient facts sufficient to establish that they have suffered the injury required for standing.”
The plaintiffs charge in the lawsuit that advertisers are given the identification and user names of Facebook members when they click on an advertisement, which means they can get that user’s gender and picture without being given permission.