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Facebook, Zynga won't face wiretap allegations in upcoming civil suit

updated 10:57 am EDT, Fri May 9, 2014

Appeals court nixes wiretap claims, allow privacy policy violation allegations

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' panel of judges has ruled that a civil suit's wiretap claims, alleging illicit transfer of personal information against Facebook and Zynga, weren't valid. The unanimous panel ruling said that information passed to advertisers by the social network and game maker didn't qualify as the "contents of a communication" under the US wiretap law.

The plaintiff's complaint alleges that when users click on a Zynga game or Facebook ad, advertisers recieve Facebook ID and page addresses. The ruling does not, however, dismiss the civil suit against the pair, and allegations that the information disclosure to the advertisers violate Facebook's own privacy policies are still allowed to be pursued.

Attorney for the plaintiffs Kassra Nassiri said of the rulings that "now we're going to get our chance to show exactly why Facebook breached its privacy policy, and what the value was to Facebook."

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