“No Invasion of Privacy Because There is No Privacy” – Facebook Lawyer

by: The Knowledge Group

June 10, 2019


A Facebook lawyer apparently thinks there is no privacy to lose if you use the social media platform—so Facebook can’t violate it.  The lawyer told US District Judge Vince Chhabria that users “have no expectation of privacy” as a class-action lawsuit played out over the 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, during which personal information on up to 87 million Facebook users was improperly accessed.

“There is no invasion of privacy at all because there is no privacy,” Facebook counsel Orin Snyder said during a pretrial hearing, surely adding fuel to the fire of the company’s privacy controversies.

Snyder likened Facebook to a “digital town square” where people volunteer to give up private information.

Meanwhile, Facebook faces a $5 billion FTC fine over user privacy breaches.

Intellectual Property Up for Grabs

The conception of the online world as a “digital town square” where everything is up for grabs is also a bane to brands—especially when intellectual property is pilfered.

Trademark owners must take special precautions in the age of data to defend valuable trademark assets.

The Knowledge Group invites registrants to attend Trademark Infringement: Remedies and Damages in the 2019 Landscape, a webinar on Monday, June 24, 2019, 3-5 pm (ET).

Sharing their knowledge in this live webcast, a panel of experts will offer an in-depth analysis of trademark, today’s infringement patterns, and strategies that win remedies and damages for violations.

Notable court rulings and their implications for the future will be discussed, as well as tips for keeping your trademark under your control. To learn more about the panel, listen to the audio preview.