Oracle faces a class action privacy lawsuit in the United States
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCl) alleged on Monday that cloud computing giant Oracle has been the subject of a privacy class action lawsuit in the United States. The lawsuit alleges that Oracle’s global surveillance engine has gathered extensive dossiers on approximately five billion people. The case was filed in the Northern District of California. It says that the company and its advertising and technology companies “violated the privacy of most people on Earth.”
Two US privacy advocates, Michael Katz-Lacabe and Dr. Jennifer Golbeck, an associate professor at the University of Maryland, are said to be behind the legal action against the internet giant for allegedly tracking and monitoring its users too much.
The ICCL said in a statement, “Oracle claims to have amassed detailed dossiers on five billion people and generates 42.4 billion dollars in annual revenue.” “Oracle’s dossiers about people include names, home addresses, emails, purchases online and in the real world, physical movements in the real world, income, interests and political views, and a detailed account of online activity. “Oracle also coordinates a global trade in dossiers about people through the Oracle Data Marketplace,” they added.
As was previously indicated, the action has been filed in California, which is often regarded as having the most progressive privacy regulations in the United States. This will also be considered as a test to determine if the United States is willing to adopt new regulations that are more in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union. As a global company, Oracle employs 143,000 workers at its headquarters in Texas. It has 1,500 employees and its European headquarters is in Dublin. In the Netherlands, a similar complaint was filed against Oracle and salesforce under GDPR, but it was recently ruled that it wasn’t valid because there wasn’t enough public support for the cause.
However, court filings show that this lawsuit triggered a modification in the tracking mechanisms employed by both Salesforce and Oracle. According to the Irish Independent, Oracle has stated that this matter is “not something we can comment on.” According to the US plea challenge, there have been numerous violations of both federal and state California statutes protecting the privacy of electronic communications. Dr. Ryan said that “billions of people across the globe” have had their privacy compromised by Oracle. This is a Fortune 500 corporation attempting the impossible: keeping tabs on the whereabouts and activities of every human being on the planet. We’re doing this to shut down Oracle’s spying rig.
While Oracle has chosen not to comment on the claim, court filings detail the exact ways in which the three plaintiffs allege the firm wrongfully tracked and monitored them. After reading this far, you should have a solid understanding of the allegations made against Oracle for improperly collecting data on approximately 5 billion people all over the world. Based on what you know, you can probably form your own opinion about whether or not this was the right thing to do and how much of an impact this will have on Oracle’s bottom line.