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Facebook sued by search developer

Says agreement was broken
Thu Oct 11 2012, 09:40

A SOFTWARE DEVELOPER is suing Facebook for allegedly breaking an agreement that gave it preferential search access to Facebook's data.

Profile Technology, which is based in New Zealand, is using the same law firm as Kim Dotcom's Megaupload for its case.

The firm's complaint says it had preferential access to Facebook's data, which it used, but lost it when the social network "illegally" terminated their agreement.

"Profile Technology today filed a lawsuit in Superior Court in California alleging that Facebook acted illegally by terminating a 2008 custom agreement that gave Profile's search engine and social networking site access to public Facebook data," says a statement from the Rothken Law firm.

Profile Technology is also complaining that ending the deal harmed its business and its business profile. As such it wants damages, in an amount apparently to be determined at trial.

"The complaint further alleges that when Profile resisted Facebook demands for a lopsided new agreement Facebook retaliated against Profile by turning off Profile apps and spreading misinformation causing significant injury to Profile. The complaint asks for damages and injunctive relief according to proof."

On its About webpages the company says that the access to Facebook data and users had made it "the second largest social network in the world!"

We have asked Facebook to respond. µ


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