Local man sues Facebook over privacy concerns
PADUCAH — There have been a lot of complaints about recent changes to Facebook and one of the big ones is concern about privacy.
But one local man isn't just complaining. He's taking the social networking giant to court and claims he's doing it for all Facebook users.
He says Facebook is going too far and is violating federal wiretapping laws by tracing every website that Facebook users visit, even after they log off the site.
Neither the plaintiff, David Hoffman, of Paducah, nor his attorney Mark Bryant are commenting about the suit. But a local computer expert did have a lot to say about privacy concerns for Facebook users and had some advice she said all of us better heed.
The premise of this class action lawsuit is based on cookies that websites like Facebook use to collect data.
"I really don't find it surprising at all and kind of surprised no one's really filed a lawsuit before on that," said computer guru Chloe Dewesse, co-owner of Connecting Point.
Deweese said in some cases, cookies can be cause for concern.
She said while some sites store cookies to track data for their advertisers, others can be malicious. If web browsers don't take action, the batch of cookies just pile up.
But it's easy to get rid of the cookies Facebook and other sites use to chew up your privacy. To learn more about removing cookies, click here.
While only time will tell what will happen with the lawsuit, Deweese said now is the time for all Web users to pay attention to cookies and realize what they view in private might not be so private after all.
Deweese said cookies can also slow your computer down.
The plaintiff is asking for $100 per day for everyone on Facebook or $10,000 per violation, along with punitive damages.
We also reached out to Facebook to get their response but they didn't answer our email.
If you'd like to read the complaint filed in court, click here.