One of these days, News Corp may get some good news from ailing social network MySpace, but today’s not that day: The media monolith’s being sued for sharing user data with third parties without consent. This, despite claiming it told users access to such information was restricted.
The class-action lawsuit, Virtue vs. Myspace Inc., was filed in the Eastern District of New York, and seeks unspecified damages for “knowingly [serving] as and [profiting] handsomely from being a conduit through which details of the most intimate aspects of its members’ lives, as reflected in their Internet browsing history and otherwise, are transmitted to data aggregators, who package the information into profiles and sell it like any other commodity to advertisers.”
None of that should come as a surprise to MySpace users, however–the MySpace mobile app had already been identified as one that shared data with advertisers without consent last year.
News Corp. has declined to comment on the lawsuit, and it’s unknown whether this might impact the rumored talks the company is having with Vevo.com about a possible purchase of MySpace.
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