Posted December 15, 2018 07:00:00How to delete WhatsApp group on PCs, Macs, and Windows 10Source: TechCrunchPosted December 14, 2018 23:21:00Facebook and Whatsapp have reached a $3 billion settlement with the US Department of Justice over accusations of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in a class-action lawsuit over how they handle their online data.
The settlement, which Facebook has reached with the DOJ, resolves claims that the company violated Section 230 of the DMCA, which prohibits online services from circumventing copyright law by making use of “unfair or deceptive practices”.
The US government is seeking $3.3 billion in damages.
Facebook is currently in a civil lawsuit with the FTC over how it handles information it collects about users.
Whatsapp, however, is not subject to the DOJ’s civil lawsuit.
The FTC’s civil case alleges that Facebook’s data collection practices “inherently violated” Section 230.
The two companies agreed last year to a $5 billion settlement in which the US government agreed to settle a separate class-law lawsuit over the DMCA.
The FTC has since amended its complaint to allege that Facebook violated Section 301 of the Act in another class-class action.
Facebook is also being sued by a German company over how its online data collection operates in Germany.
The FTC claims that Facebook failed to follow EU data protection laws by failing to prevent the distribution of the names and phone numbers of users to third parties.
According to the complaint, Facebook also failed to ensure that it collected and used users’ personal data in accordance with EU data privacy rules.