It is now public knowledge that Facebook allowed third parties to exploit users’ private information without their knowledge. Importantly, their data was shared without consent. The most notorious example of a company exploiting this access is Cambridge Analytica.
After the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook promised to let all those affected know that their data had been breached. In all, Facebook admitted that some 87 million users were affected, with 1 million of those users in the UK alone. Despite these very public revelations, most have not sought to establish if they have been affected, let alone assert their rights. We want to make sure that you are not one of them, or that you can do something about it if you are.
You can check your Facebook account here to see if you have been affected. If the app titled "This Is Your Digital Life" is listed as having been removed, you may have been affected.
If you have been affected, you may be able to join a case against Facebook. Action is being taken and whilst that action is early, it may be difficult to value the quantum of an individual claim until Facebook reveals their hand. After all, they are the only entity that really knows what they did – and the extent of the problem. But there is strength in numbers.
If you are interested, you may wish to contact Ravi Naik of ITN Solicitors who is the leading solicitor handling the first group claim against Facebook in respect of this matter. He is also the lead solicitor who brought the first claim against Cambridge Analytica.
The claim against Facebook is not solely about monetary compensation but about getting answers and ensuring accountability. Data rights are real rights and for these rights to be respected, breaches must be held to account.
As our lives increasingly translate into electronic media and data, who controls our data and what rights we hold are not just questions for those in the IT world. They are questions that are as fundamental to us as any other human right.
If you would like further information, you can contact Ravi Naik at firstname.lastname@example.org.