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August 18th, 2009

The Latest on Tagged.com

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The latest twist to the controversy surrounding www.Tagged.com occurred last week when two California residents sued the social networking site. Miriam Slater and Sara Golden are seeking a class-action lawsuit against the social networking site, claiming that the website violated “various laws including the federal Stored Communications Act and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act”:

“Tagged harvested millions of email addresses from the email address books of consumers,” states the complaint, which was filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco. “Then, using these consumers’ email account credentials, Tagged sent unsolicited advertisements to the harvested email addresses, making the messages appear as if they were invitations to join Tagged sent by persons known to the recipients.”

Slater says in the complaint that she visited the site and provided the company with information, but only because she wanted to view the pictures. She alleges that Tagged never disclosed that she was actually registering to join the site or that it would harvest her email addresses and then solicit those contacts.

Internet Law expert Venkat Balasubramani says it’s unclear at the present time whether Tagged will face liability. “It’s a gray area,” he says:

Balasubramani says that Web users might not be able to sue for computer fraud in this case because it doesn’t appear that Tagged accessed their computers. Instead, it seems that Tagged accessed information held by email providers like Gmail. In addition, he says, the plaintiffs do not appear to have incurred any expenses as a result of the emails. “When you add all that up, it’s a tough one,” he says.

For more on www.Tagged.com, read our previous posts:

Tagged.com Fires Back At Cuomo’s Lawsuit
Beware of “www.Tagged.com” Scam

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