Facebook Class Action
IMF Bentham Limited (IMF) and Johnson Winter and Slattery Lawyers (JWS), are working together to pursue possible claims for compensation arising from the Facebook privacy breach.
We are inviting people who have been affected to sign up with IMF and JWS to pursue their potential claim.
If you had a Facebook account the subject of the privacy breach and used Facebook while in Australia between 2010 and March 2015, IMF invites you to provide your details through this website. You can find out if you are an affected Facebook user by using the tool available at: https://www.facebook.com/help/yourinfo
In 2013, This Is My Digital Life, a personality quiz and application used Facebook to distribute its personality test. Whilst the users that signed up to the personality test consented to the app to access their Facebook data, the app also harvested data from their friends on Facebook, representing a further 87 Million users.
It appears that the data collected by This Is My Digital Life was then made available to Cambridge Analytica who created a tool to predict personalities and used the data mined from This Is My Digital Life to target specific advertising to them.
By late 2015, Facebook found out that information had been harvested beyond the 270,00 odd users. However, at the time, Facebook failed to alert users and subsequently took only limited steps to recover and secure the information by sending a lawyer's letter requesting the data be destroyed.
On 17 March 2018, a story appeared in the New York Times and The Observer that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the Facebook profiles of 50 million users which had been harvested as a result of approximately 270,000 users accessing the This Is My Digital Life website and application.
On 4 April 2018, Facebook revealed that over 311,127 Australians have been caught up in the improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica.
How much will it cost?
The claim is being run on a no win - no pay basis, with all costs fully underwritten by IMF. If you sign a funding agreement with IMF, you will not have to pay any fees unless the claims are successfully resolved. IMF will pay the other side's legal costs if the claim is unsuccessful.
Is there a deadline to participate?
If you wish to participate in the claim, please ensure that you sign up either by completing the online sign-up steps or by requesting an Information Pack from IMF using the contact details below as soon as possible.
How do I sign up?
If you have any questions, you can contact the IMF Client Liaison Team by email on [email protected] or free call
1800 016 464.