Privacy suit filed against Facebook

Updated 20 May 2012
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Privacy suit filed against Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO: A new lawsuit consolidating several complaints about Facebook’s privacy policies was filed Friday in California, seeking damages for US users of the social network for improper tracking.
The class action suit alleges that Facebook was improperly tracking Internet use of its members even after they logged out of their accounts.
It consolidates 21 related cases filed in more than a dozen states in 2011 and early 2012.
The filing came as Facebook launched its market debut with a record public offering worth $16 billion, valuing the world’s biggest social network at $104 billion.
Lawyers in the suit seek up to $10,000 for each Facebook user, or more than $15 billion.
“It’s not a pipe dream,” attorney Billy Murphy of Baltimore, Maryland, told AFP.
“The only way you are going to stop companies from disregarding the privacy rights of the American people is to take some of their money. That’s the only thing that gets their attention.”
But some consumer and privacy advocates say Facebook has been too loose with data from its 900 million users around the world, and hope that as a publicly traded company after its initial public offering, it may change its tune.
Facebook has been bedeviled by privacy complaints and had its knuckles rapped over the issue by both US and European authorities.


AppWatch: A Saudi app that caters to all

Updated 22 June 2018
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AppWatch: A Saudi app that caters to all

We all get consumed by the Eid-shopping monster telling us to buy everything in sight. The trick is to not let it.

This Ramadan, my Eid shopping companion was Noon, a Saudi app catering to all your shopping needs. It has a wide selection of products, including clothes, makeup, electronics and perfumes. 

Since not every Saudi has a credit card, the online store makes shopping much easier by implementing a “pay in cash upon delivery” service.

Making use of mind-blowing offers, I made sure to restock on all my favorite perfumes before Eid.

A major upside to the app is how affordable everything is, and I was delighted to find some makeup brands that are not available at shopping centers in Jeddah, such as SIGMA and e.l.f.

What I love most about Noon is that there is always a daily deal or sale going on, so make sure you check these out.