Service discloses private data without proper agreementIn the world of social networks, Classmates.com is to Facebook like dinosaurs are to humans. After Facebook practically took its place in the eyes of Internet users as the best place to find old school and college friends, Classmates.com has accepted the fact that is no longer an important competitor on the social market and to keep its service relevant, agreed to launch a Facebook App geared on its user database.
The app named “Classmates Connect” will allow Facebook users to enter their Classmates.com credentials and pull in their friends list from the Classmates.com profile. Additional tabs are included to see the latest activity and upcoming reunions from the user's friends. When clicking on a friend's name, the app redirects the user to the Classmates.com page, where they can do all the things a regular Classmates.com user can.
As a downside to the app, it does not show if the Classmates.com friends are on Facebook, so if the user wants to see that person's Facebook page, they must find them using the Facebook search page.
Besides this, according to ConsumerAffairs.com, another lawsuit was filed around the same time, this one by Thomas Ferguson and Patrick Fahy, two Classmates.com users, angry on the fact that the service exposed personal information without proper warnings.
The two plaintiffs in the lawsuit are accusing Classmates.com of hiding and manipulating data to fool users into accepting the new terms without providing proper details of how their data would be used or with any proper and simple way of opting out of the new terms.
The service is a well-known offender, being sued in the past by a vast number of users for failing to stop billing accounts after the users had unsubscribed and deceptive marketing strategies.