Facebook Acquitted In Case Accusing Site of Exposing Personal Information

Facebook has been acquitted in a case that accused the site of revealing personal information to advertisers without consent.

The case, filed in California last year, alleged that Facebook violated its privacy policy by using users' ID numbers in headers created when they clicked on ads. The men filing the suit said that the leaks went on for three months and shared personally identifiably information with advertisers.

However, the judge closed the case on the grounds that no specific injuries were suffered and that Facebook did not violate any wiretap or computer fraud laws.

"Here, in regard to damages, plaintiffs allege only that as a result of the alleged breach of contract, plaintiffs 'suffered injury,'" Judge James Ware wrote. "However, plaintiffs fail to allege any actual damages in their complaint. Thus, under California law plaintiffs fail to state a claim for breach of contract."

All eight complaints were thrown out, though Ware gave men the chance to bring parts of the case back up if they could provide more specific allegations.

In a separate incident, security firm Symantec recently showed that some 100,000 apps on Facebook could have been providing third parties a way to access user information over a period of several years.