Class-action lawsuit against Zynga for privacy breach

US Facebook user argues Farmville dev illegally gave data to marketers

A Minnesota Facebook user has filed a class-action lawsuit against Farmville firm Zynga, claiming it was complicit in the recent privacy breach on the social network.

Nancy Graf is alleging that Zynga illegally shared the identities of 218 million players with advertising firms, contravening both Facebook and federal rules.

The suit seeks damages for all those whose details were allegedly leaked to advertisers, and injunctive relief against similar incidents.

"We believe that the complaint is without merit and we intend to defend against it vigorously," was Zynga's official response.

Claimed one of Graf's lawyers, Michael Aschenbrener of Edelson McGuire LLC, "This appears to be another example of an online company failing the American public with empty promises to respect individual privacy rights."

Aschenbrener, together with the suit's other lead attorney Kassra Nassiri of Nassiri & Jung LLP, are also pursuing a privacy case against Facebook, regarding its own alleged sharing of user details with advertisers.

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Dave Conley Lead Programmer, Fuzzy-Frog Games6 years ago
Never miss an opportunity to make an easy bit of money. As far as I can tell the data advertisers may or may not have in their possession is no more useful than a random name generator.
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Pawel Pieciak CEO & CGC (Chief Games Creator), 2P Games6 years ago
Dave - this is so true. If Zynga would be small developer without the money no one would even bother to fill in the lawsuit and no one would even care. It's all about the money here and people that are using the system to get rich quickly on someone's hard work.
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Laurent Benadiba CEO, SDP Games6 years ago
You canít make 500 million friends without making a few enemies...
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Stephen McCarthy Studying Games Technology, Kingston University6 years ago
pawel- that how life works, let someone do all the hard work and take all the cash. been like that for years.
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Mathias Johansson Co-founder, SkyGoblin6 years ago
Does anyone know what happened to last year's class-action lawsuit involving Zynga, Facebook, SuperRewards and OfferPal?
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