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French NGO threatens Facebook with privacy lawsuit

AFP  |  Paris 

A French NGO said Friday it was pursuing a class action suit against Facebook, saying the was violating users' despite the enactment of strict new EU rules this year.

Internet Society France, part of the Internet Society global group, said it had sent a formal notice listing seven areas where it had allegedly failed to respect personal data.

It said several hundred people had joined its campaign, part of the "eBastille" initiative, and it hopes to get 100 million of Facebook's 278 million users in to back the lawsuit.

"This action aims to show that individuals are neither alone nor powerless to have their rights respected," said Odile Ambry, the group's

"We hope this will create a European dynamic," she said.

Facebook's alleged faults include gathering data on users' sexuality, religious beliefs and political views, and not allowing people to partially block data gathering.

The group also claims uses cookies to trace of people who simply consult its website without being members.

The has four months to respond to the notice under the EU's or (GDPR) which came into effect last May.

Failing to respond could trigger the class action suit.

The new rules give more control over their personal data, and requires companies to be more explicit in how such data is used.

estimates that if the is found to have breached laws, it should have to pay damages to each user.

Its campaign comes ahead of Unesco's which opens in on Monday, in which the NGO is participating.

executives will also be in next week as part of Digital Week alongside the Paris Peace Forum being hosted by

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 18:40 IST