Tomahawk, WI 01/27/2014 (BasicsMedia) – Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA) users are once again trying to restore privacy lawsuits which were filed in 2010. Lawyers representing petitioners told a federal appeals court panel that Zynga and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) should be ordered to face claims that say that the two are disclosing users’ personal information to third parties without due permissions.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco was petitioned to restore complaints that were filed in 2010 but were in the next year dismissed. Some of these claims are based on privacy issues and policies that both these companies have revived since the first filing of the complaints, according to their lawyers. U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Tallman at a hearing spoke with the lawyers saying that the Congress could not have foreseen the suspected breach of the Stored Communications Act at the time the law was formed.

A difficult situation

Tallman further said, addressing the issue, that the entire matter also involves ‘statutes’ which were published much before the technology even came into existence. This, he says is a big problem and that he was skeptical that people were misled by the privacy policies which are under consideration. He said that without being of any substantial value to the companies, they would not be doing what they are with the information.

Complain against Zynga

In the lawsuit against Zynga Inc (NASDAQ:ZNGA), people have complained that the social network’s game developer reveals communications which include personally identifiable data to third parties without their consent. However, a lawyer fighting the case for the gaming company, Richard Seabolt told the court that users try to levy their claims forcibly into federal wiretap and stored communications laws. He also said that the discloser of user identities through Facebook is totally unintended and have happened because of the routine procedure of the Internet and browsers. He went to claim that none of it was any longer an issue.

Facebook’s story

On the other hand, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) users had also made similar claims against the social networking site, saying that every time they checked any advertisement on their homepage, the network automatically and furtively shared their personal information with the advertisers. This included informing the advertisers that is the third parties how Facebook users were availing the services at the site, which is clearly contradictory to the privacy norms the website promises its users. Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)’s lawyer, Aaron Panner later sought dismissal of these claims as they failed to prove any actual and substantial damage to those concerned.

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