This is amusing

“They are exploiting users by taking their personal data without properly compensating them for taking that data,” said Lovdahl Gormsen, who added that Facebook had a “completely disproportionate” relationship with its users. “I don’t think the users are entirely clear when they click on the terms and conditions how unfair that deal is.”

Lovdahl Gormsen, a competition law specialist at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, is bringing the class action at the Competition Appeal Tribunal in London as an opt-out case. This means Facebook users covered by it do not need to actively join the case to receive damages and will be part of the claim unless they decide to opt out from it. The lawsuit covers the period from 1 October 2015 to 31 December 2019. If the case is successful, the amount of compensation per user will be settled by the judge. The £2.3bn compensation number cited by the cases’s backers represents an estimate of the damage caused to users.

Of course it’s rampant idiocy. So, anyway, I go to BIICL:

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Oh, same as Facebook then. Hmm, what will a judge make of that?

7 thoughts on “This is amusing”

  1. Oh, same as Facebook then.

    No, cookies, and BIICL’s cookies policy (which provides comprehensive opt outs) is not the same as Facebook.

    One of the opt outs is amusing, though:
    – Cookies from Facebook allow us to improve marketing and website navigation.

    So if you’re a careless Facebook user looking for compo, and you carelessly click “yes” on BIICL’s cookies, you do provide Facebook with information that you are, indeed, pretty careless. Could be useful to them . . .

  2. Most people have an inflated view of the value of their personal data. This is good as far as Google and Facebook are concerned as advertizers pay based on the perception that the data is valuable.

  3. BIICL’s cookies policy (which provides comprehensive opt outs)

    But then does not provide the option of registering the opt-outs (at least, not in Firefox).

  4. The act of setting the options appears to register them. When you navigate away from the cookies page and then return to it, your choices are retained.

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