In a four to three decision, Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled that a privacy lawsuit against Facebook can be heard in British Columbia instead of the social media giant’s home state of California.
The decision paves the way for a lawsuit that was originally filed in 2012 to move forward. The suit involves British Columbia resident Deborah Douez, who says the company used her name and photos without her permission to promote “sponsored stories,” an advertising product that saw the company use the name and photos of Facebook users to sell products and services to other members of the social media network. In her original suit, Douez argued her privacy rights were violated under B.C. provincial law.
In a similar lawsuit in the U.S., the company settled for $20 million.