Supreme Court to hear case against Facebook

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OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an appeal in a case which pits a British Columbia woman against social media giant Facebook.

Deborah Louise Douez sought to file a class action against Facebook over its so-called sponsored stories.

When a Facebook member presses the “Like” button on a post associated with an entity that has purchased the sponsored stories service, an ad with the member’s name and portrait was sometimes displayed on the newsfeeds of that member’s friends.

Douez called that a violation of the Privacy Act because she was not notified about the ad.

The B.C. Supreme Court approved the suit, but the provincial Court of Appeal stayed the case because Facebook’s terms of use specify that any such actions must be heard in California, where it has its headquarters.

As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for agreeing to hear the appeal.

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