New York – Facebook and social games giant Zynga are now
facing federal lawsuits alleging they violated federal privacy laws by sharing
personally-identifiable Facebook user IDs with advertisers and tracking firms,
The Wall Street Journal reported. Zynga, maker of Facebook games including
"FarmVille," and one of the firms cited in a Wall Street Journal
article that uncovered the privacy issue, was sued in federal court in
California on Monday.
That suit claims that Zynga violated federal and
California state privacy and computer-related laws.
A separate complaint was
filed directly against Facebook in Rhode Island; it was added to a
privacy-related lawsuit filed against the company back in June.
(DMW previous coverage)