CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A Charlotte woman is among two plaintiffs suing Facebook over alleged violation of privacy laws, according to a Baltimore publication.
The Daily Record is reporting that two Baltimore law firms filed the suit in the U.S. District Court's Northern California jurisdiction, in San Jose. That is near the headquarters of Facebook, the giant social media website.
According to the report, Laura Maguire of Charlotte and Christopher Simon of Baltimore are plaintiffs in the case. They are represented by the law firms of William Murphy Jr. and Peter Angelos, who is owner of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles.
In the suit, Maguire and Simon claim that Facebook loaded Internet cookies on their computers that tracked keystrokes, even when the plaintiffs were not signed on to Facebook.
Murphy told the Daily Record that Facebook tracks users "everywhere they went to shop, everywhere they went to look. ... So the company that's buying ads from Facebook can get targeted ads."
Facebook issued a statement, saying the suit is without merit.
In November, Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission reached an agreement in a case where
Facebook had been accused of not getting users' permission before sharing their personal information with other companies. As part of that settlement, Facebook agreed to ask users before sharing such information.
Murphy and Angelos did not say how much they are seeking in damages.