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Federal Court Gives ACCC The Nod On Facebook Suit

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been granted legal approval to continue its lawsuit against Facebook and a pair of its subsidiaries.

Facebook has been accused of using users’ personal activity data for commercial benefit without consent.

On Thursday, the Australian Federal Court granted approval for the consumer watchdog to serve the lawsuits despite them being based in the USA and Israel.

The consumer watchdog claimed Facebook and its subsidiaries misled Australian consumers by representing that the Onavo Protect app would keep users’ personal activity data private or not be used for any purpose other than providing Onavo Protect’s products.

Onavo was purchased by Facebook in 2013. Five years after its acquisition, the Onavo app was pulled from Apple’s app store in 2018.

The ACCC pointed to ads at the time that said data would be kept “secret” and “safe”.

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