Douez Privacy class action: B.C. law does not apply to Facebook

Douez launched a class-action lawsuit in Vancouver against Facebook for breach of privacy over their “Sponsored Stories” program which is now defunct. She was arguing that the program manipulated users for commercial gain and that it was violating Facebook users’ privacy by using their photos in commercial ads without their prior consent.

In a decision issued today, the B.C. Appeal Court ruled that B.C. law does not apply to Facebook, a California-based company, given that users (including Douez) agree to Facebook’s terms of use. The court did not rule on whether Facebook breached B.C. privacy law.

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This content has been updated on June 19, 2015 at 20 h 50 min.