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Facebook users can be handed £50 EVERY time for ‘illegal’ data collection

FACEBOOK users could be paid around £50 each if the tech giants lose the legal battle claim it’s mined everyone’s data.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta tech empire could be forced to pay £2.3 billion in damages to 44 million Facebook users in the UK.

Facebook's defense is that everyone can access its services for free

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Facebook’s defense is that everyone can access its services for freeCredit: Getty

The payment will apply to anyone who has used the site at least once between 2015 and 2019.

Law expert Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, who is leading the case, said the company’s terms and conditions were “unfair”.

She argued that the company had abused its dominance, leaving Britons with no choice but to accept its terms.

This allows Facebook to make billions of dollars from user data while they get nothing of monetary value.

Academics is addressing this with the Competition Appeals Court.

She said: “In the 17 years since it was founded, Facebook has become the only social network in the UK where you can be sure to connect with friends and family in one place.

“However, there is a dark side to Facebook – it has abused its market dominance to impose unfair terms and conditions on ordinary Britons, allowing it to mine data. their personal.

“I initiated this case to secure billions of pounds in damage to the 44 million Britons whose data was mined by Facebook.”

Her statement is the first against Meta in the UK.

Facebook allegedly collected data both within its own platform and externally, using an advertising tool that allowed other websites to monitor how users acted on their sites.

Meta responds: “Everybody accesses our service for free.

“They choose our services because we bring value to them and they have meaningful control over what information they share on Meta’s platform and with whom.

“We’ve invested a lot in creating tools that allow them to do so.”

Facebook's parent company to be renamed Meta in 2021

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Facebook’s parent company to be renamed Meta in 2021Credit: AFP

In other news, personalized smart gun, which can only be activated by verified users, may eventually be made available to US consumers this year.

Tech giant Microsoft is trying to make the world more awake by launching a “Comprehensiveness” testing tool in its Word software.

And a federation Anti-trust case for Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, was launched first.


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