Oracle faces class-action lawsuit for 'tracking' five billion people2022-08-23 18:27 by Daniela
Tags: Oracle, law suit
American multinational tech company Oracle is facing a class-action lawsuit claiming it tracks and collects personal information on billions of people, generating revenue of over $40 billion a year in the process.
The suit quotes from Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison's keynote presentation at the company's 2016 OpenWorld conference, during which he boasted that there are five billion people in Oracle's ID Graph.
The company created dossiers on people that included information about their political views and online purchases, and sold them to third parties without their consent for targeted advertising and other purposes.
The lawsuit is being launched in California, which has the most advanced privacy laws in the US. It is likely to be seen as a test case to see whether the US is open to regulatory change that is more closely aligned to the EU's GDPR laws.
The complaint against Oracle alleges violations of the US Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the constitution of the state of California and the California Invasion of Privacy Act among others.
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