Surprise, surprise. Zynga, makers of the popular Mafia Wars and Farmville Facebook games, is the target of a new class action lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court this week. The principal plaintiff, Nancy Graf of St. Paul, Minn., alleges in the lawsuit (filed with the help of law firm Edelson McGuire LLC) that Zynga shared the private data of its 218 million users with advertisers. The lawsuit seeks monetary relief for those whose data was shared, and "injunctive relief to prevent continued privacy abuses."
An article in the Wall Street Journal earlier in the week claimed that multiple Facebook applications were sharing user data with third-party companies including advertisers and marketers.
For its part, Zynga says that the lawsuit is "without merit" and plans to defend itself vigorously in court. The law firm representing the class group said that this case is just another example of an online company failing to protect user data.
Source: PC Mag