Oracle is being sued by a group of privacy advocates. They accuse the tech giant of unlawfully collecting and selling private data of millions of people, violating both California state law and US federal law. Oracle’s use of tracking technology is claimed to invade privacy and breach competition law.
The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California’s US District Court. It alleges that Oracle’s practices violate the Federal Wiretap Act. The plaintiffs argue that Oracle’s actions have endangered their privacy, autonomy, and economic well-being.
The plaintiffs include Michael Katz-Lacabe, Jennifer Golbeck, and Johnny Ryan. They are represented by the San Francisco-based law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. The lawsuit alleges that Oracle has digital profiles on 5 billion people worldwide, generating over $42 billion in annual revenue.
The lawsuit focuses on Oracle’s data management platform BlueKai and ID Graph tool. The plaintiffs claim that Oracle has created electronic profiles based on their internet activity and sold this information without consent. They are seeking class action certification, damages, and a permanent stop to Oracle’s data collection practices.