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Facebook slapped with compensation case after allegedly breaching privacy laws

Chris Kenny

Social media empire Facebook could face a class action over allegedly breaching Australian privacy laws.

The platform is being investigated after it was found to be sharing personal data of 300,000 users with data firm Cambridge Analytica.

Litigation funding provider IMF Bentham has lodged a compensation case against Facebook on behalf of Australians affected by the alleged breach.

IMF Bentham’s Nathan Landes tells Chris Kenny “we’re calling out for people who have been affected by this to contact us and we’ve established a dedicated website“.

Nigel Phair from the University of Canberra’s Centre for Internet Safety says a compensation case isn’t the solution.

“I really don’t think much is going to come from it.

“There’s still people using social media, and in particular Facebook. I think we need to address this completely the other way around and I don’t think compensation is the way to do it.”

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