Facebook Dodges Child Privacy Class Action Over Ads

Law360, Los Angeles (September 22, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Thursday dismissed class claims that Facebook Inc. violated state laws by posting ads featuring the names and likenesses of minor users without first getting their parents’ permission, finding the allegations were preempted by federal law.

“Plaintiffs’ claims based on state law for Facebook’s alleged failure to obtain the parental consent of users age 13 to 17 to the commercial use of their name and likeness are preempted by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act,” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debre K. Weintraub...
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