On March 12, 2024, the Court of Diffuse and Collective Interests of São Luís do Maranhão released its decision, ordering the companies responsible for the Facebook and Zoom apps to pay compensation of BRL 20 million as collective moral damage, as well as BRL 500 for each user of Apple’s mobile operating system (IOS) who had their data collected without authorization.

The sentence was handed down in a Public Civil Action filed by the Brazilian Institute for the Study and Defense of Consumer Relations in Maranhão (IBEDEC-MA).

Despite the companies’ defense, which claimed that the data only contains technical information, the judge ruled that the data can violate privacy by targeting ads and personalizing the user experience and ordered the apps to stop collecting and sharing technical data obtained through the Zoom “SDK” tool for iOS, among themselves and with third parties, without the users’ explicit consent.

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