Facebook is suing two companies for illegal data collection

Facebook is suing two companies for illegal data collection
Facebook is suing two companies for illegal data collection

has filed a lawsuit against two companies that stole data from its main app, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Amazon to sell “marketing information” and other services in a global operation, as what is known as “Scraping” is a form of data collection that relies on automation other than Authorized for the purpose of extracting data from a website or application.

Facebook said in a statement: “The actions of BrandTotal Ltd and Unimania Inc violate our terms of service, and we are taking legal measures to protect our users.” These companies exploited users’ access to the Facebook service through a set of browser extensions called “UpVoice” and “Ads Feed” designed to access and collect data.

When people installed plugins and visited websites, browser extensions used automated programs to reveal their name, user ID, gender, birth date, relationship status, location information, and other information related to their accounts. The social network reported that “the extensions of the accused companies sent the stolen data to a shared server between BrandTotal and Unimania” .

While this is not the first time that Facebook has taken legal action against data collection tools, in June, Facebook filed lawsuits in two continents against companies and individuals who provide automation software services that enabled skimming and fake participation. In March 2019, measures were taken. Legal against Ukrainian developers who were collecting data by using testing apps and browser extensions to scrape profile information and people’s Facebook friend lists.

A California court recently recommended a ruling in favor of Facebook in this case, and “in a separate case, another California court also ruled in favor of our anti-skimming practices in 2019.”

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