Oct 182010
 
 October 18, 2010  Court, Online

Wendy Davis reports on the first of what is almost certain to be a rash of lawsuits against Facebook application developers:

A Minnesota resident is suing game developer Zynga for allegedly selling personal information about Facebook users to advertisers. “Unbeknownst to Zynga users, and in violation of Zynga’s agreement with Facebook, Inc. and privacy laws, Zynga intentionally and knowingly transmitted [personally identifiable information], including users’ real names, to third party advertisers and Internet marketing companies without user consent and for a substantial profit,” Nancy Walther Graf alleges in a new complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California. Graf, who uses Zynga’s Farmville app on Facebook, is seeking class-action status.

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