19 January 2022
Up to 44 million UK Facebook users could share £2.3bn in damages, according to a competition expert intending to sue parent company Meta.
Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen alleges Meta “abused its market dominance” to set an “unfair price” for free use of Facebook – UK users’ personal data.
She intends to bring the case to the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
A Meta representative said users had “meaningful control” of what information they shared.
Facebook “abused its market dominance to impose unfair terms and conditions on ordinary Britons, giving it the power to exploit their personal data”, Dr Lovdahl Gormsen says.
And this data, harvested between 2015 and 2019, provided a highly detailed picture of their internet use, helping the company make “excessive profits”.
Anyone living in the UK who used Facebook at least once during the period will be part of the claim unless they choose to opt out, she says.