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Questions & Answers



This website has been created to inform members of the public and potential class members about a representative legal claim being brought on behalf of a class of affected individuals against Facebook in the High Court of Justice in London.

This claim seeks compensation for individuals impacted by Facebook’s failures to protect its users’ personal data — by permitting apps to harvest personal information of users without their knowledge or consent.

You might have heard about the Facebook—Cambridge Analytica data scandal, an incident where millions of Facebook users’ personal data was acquired by Cambridge Analytica through an app called thisisyourdigitallife operating on the Facebook platform in the period between November 2013 and May 2015.

In what was described by the ICO as a “very serious data incident” and by The Times as “one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history”, Facebook permitted this app to harvest the personal information of not only the users of the thisisyourdigitallife app, but also their Facebook friends without knowledge or consent.

We believe that Facebook’s conduct was unlawful, in breach of its obligations under data protection legislation, and put the personal data of affected Facebook users at serious risk of being used in connection with political campaigning. The claim seeks compensation on behalf of in the region of one million affected individuals in England and Wales.

Participating in the claim is a way for affected consumers to hold Facebook to account for its failures to protect its users’ personal data in accordance with its duties, as well as to seek compensation for the loss of control over their data, and thereby to drive meaningful change in the way in which large corporations such as Facebook handle individuals’ personal information.

Peter Jukes is a Facebook user who was personally affected by Facebook’s failure to protect his personal information and is seeking to bring Facebook to account for their breaches of data protection legislation. He is the claimant bringing the claim as a representative action on behalf of similarly affected individuals in England and Wales.

Peter is a prominent journalist as well as TV and film writer.

A representative action is a type of collective action, provided for under rule 19.6 of the Civil Procedure Rules by which a representative claimant can bring a claim on behalf of a class of people with the same interest.

Collective actions allow claims to be brought against large and powerful corporations where it would not otherwise be possible to do so.

The claim is brought against the following Facebook entities:

  • Facebook, Inc.
  • Facebook Ireland Limited

Collectively these entities are referred to on this website as “Facebook”.

The claim is brought on behalf of all individuals who:

  • a. prior to May 2015, held a personal—not a business—account on the Facebook social media platform;
  • b. were, prior to May 2015, a Facebook “friend” of any person who, also prior to May 2015, was a user of the app which was permitted by Facebook to operate on its platform called thisisyourdigitallife;
  • c. were not themselves a user of the thisisyourdigitallife app;
  • d. were resident in England and Wales at any time between November 2013 and May 2015, and were resident in England and Wales as of 31 December 2020;
  • e. were, as of 31 December 2020, at least 18 years old; and
  • f. were not a Judge of the Supreme Court, a Judge of the High Court (as defined in s. 4 of the Senior Courts Act 1981) or a Master of the Queen’s Bench Division on or after 31 December 2020.

Follow this link to find out if the thisisyourdigitallife app obtained access to your personal information (you must be logged into Facebook). If it did, and you also meet the criteria above, you are likely to be included within the claimant class.

If you think you might be a member of the class and would like further information you can register your interest here and contact us using our contact form Contact Us or at info@facebookdatabreachclaim.co.uk

You should register your interest here if you would like to be informed about the case as it progresses, especially if you fall within the definition of the claimant class. If you are within the claimant class and the case is successful, you will need to register in order to receive any compensation that you may be entitled to.

Participating in the claim is a way for affected consumers to hold Facebook to account for its failures to protect its users’ personal data in accordance with its duties, as well as to seek compensation for the loss of control over their data, and thereby to drive meaningful change in the way in which large corporations such as Facebook handle individuals’ personal information.

You do not need to do anything at this stage. The case is being led by Peter Jukes and his legal advisors, Hausfeld & Co LLP. You are automatically included as part of the claimant class if you meet the relevant criteria as set out above.

If you register your interest, we will keep you updated as the case develops. If the case is successful, you will need to register in order to validate your claim and receive any compensation you may be entitled to.

You can check here whether your information has been affected (you must be logged into Facebook). It is recommended that you keep a screenshot of this page.

If the case is successful and you are a member of the represented claimant class, then you will be entitled to receive compensation for the loss of control over your personal information. This is because control over your personal data has a monetary value. The amount of compensation Facebook is required to pay each class member will be assessed by the Court.

We will keep you updated as the case progresses through this website and our social media pages. You can register to receive case updates by clicking here.

There is no cost and no financial risk to being a member of the class on whose behalf the claim is being brought.

The costs of bringing the claim are being funded by Balance Legal Capital, a litigation fund. Third party litigation funding is increasingly used to facilitate access to justice, and allow claims to be brought by claimants against much larger and well resourced defendants such as Facebook, which would otherwise be prohibitively expensive.

If the claim is unsuccessful, the risk of being ordered to pay the Defendants’ costs is covered by insurance called After the Event or ATE insurance.

If you fall within the claimant class you are automatically included within the claim. However, if you do not wish to participate in the claim for any reason, you can choose not to do so. Opting out will remove you from the claimant class and eliminate any eligibility you would otherwise have to be paid compensation in the event the claim is successful.

Should you wish to opt out, please email info@facebookdatabreachclaim.co.uk, include your full name, and state your intent to opt out of the claim. You do not need to give any reason for not participating in the claim.

The claim alleges that Facebook failed to comply with its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (the “1998 Act”), namely the first, second, fifth, and seventh data protection principles (as defined by Schedules 1 and 2 to the 1998 Act) and that it has breached its statutory duties under section 4(4) of the 1998 Act accordingly.

Hausfeld & Co LLP is a leading international law firm which specializes in litigation and possesses significant experience in all aspects of collective redress and group claims—including against global “Big Tech” companies—often acting against some of the largest corporations in the world. Hausfeld has offices in London, the U.S., and across Europe.

Hausfeld is also advising Martin Bryant in his representative action against Marriott International and Duncan McCann in relation to his representative action concerning YouTube.

Hausfeld’s website can be found here.