When you sign up and use a free internet service such as Facebook, should you have any expectation of privacy? One would think so, but according to one of Facebook’s lawyers, that is apparently not the case. This is according to one of the company’s lawyers, Orin Snyder, who argued that position in court in defense of Facebook.


According to a report from Law360, Snyder’s comments came as part of the company’s defense against a class-action lawsuit over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Snyder was quoted as saying, “There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy.” He adds, “You have to closely guard something to have a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

Snyder’s defense of Facebook claims that the company should be viewed as a “digital town square” where users voluntarily give up their private information, and as such, should not expect any kind of privacy as a result. However, not everyone was buying that argument, such as U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria.

According to Law.com, Chhabria responded by saying, “What you are saying now sounds contrary to the message that Facebook itself disseminates about privacy.” Facebook’s reputation has taken quite a hit in recent times with all these privacy-related scandals, and companies such as Apple have used it to promote their own products where they have claimed that their customers are not their products.

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