BR class-action suit targets Facebook

An East Baton Rouge Parish resident filed a class-action suit Monday against Facebook Inc.

Janet Seamon alleged the social-networking giant violates a federal wiretap law and Louisiana privacy and consumer-protection laws by collecting information on users’ Internet habits.

Facebook collects that information even when users are not logged onto its website, Seamon added. She said Facebook is “keeping track of the websites they visit.”

Facebook officials in Palo Alto, Calif., were asked to comment on Seamon’s allegations.

No comment was received Monday.

Seamon filed her suit in Baton Rouge federal court through Richard P. Ieyoub, former Louisiana attorney general. Ieyoub also did not respond to a request for comment.

Seamon said in her suit she “did not give consent or otherwise authorize Facebook to intercept, track, collect and store her wire or electronic communications, including … her Internet browsing history when not logged-in to Facebook.”

She said Facebook’s alleged practices violate the federal Wiretap Act, the Louisiana Electronic Surveillance Act and the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Seamon added estimates of the number of Facebook users in the United States exceed 150 million.

The civil suit is assigned to U.S. District Judge James J. Brady.

Seamon asked that she receive an unspecified amount of money for Facebook’s alleged violation of her rights.

She also asked for a permanent injunction that would bar Facebook from “any act to intercept electronic information from its users when they are not logged in and from disclosing any of the information already acquired on its servers.”