California users file civil suit against Facebook

Five Facebook users filed a civil lawsuit Monday alleging that the social networking site is violating California's privacy laws and misleading members about how their personal information is used. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, asks for damages and attorney's fees and includes a request for a jury trial. Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt declined to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit. "We see no merit to this suit and we plan to fight it," he said in an e-mailed statement. The complaint alleges that Facebook violates California privacy and online privacy laws by disseminating personal information posted by users to third parties. The lawsuit also alleges that Facebook engages in data mining and harvesting without fully disclosing those practices to its members.