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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Facebook is facing a lawsuit that claims it monitors private messages and then shares that information with advertisers and marketers. 

The lawsuit filed earlier this week in San Jose, Calif. alleges "invasive scanning" by Facebook to gather data about users to improve its marketing algorithms.

The lawsuit claims when a message includes a link to a third party website, Facebook scans the message to find information on the user's web activity. According to the suit, those actions violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in addition to California privacy and unfair competition laws.

Facebook has replied that the allegations were "without merit" and that they will "defend themselves vigorously."

The suit claims either $100 a day for each day of alleged violations or $10,000 for each user, whichever is greater.

The case is Matthew Campbell v. Facebook Inc., 13-5996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose).

Read the lawsuit here.

Back in August, about 614,000 Facebook users received $15 compensation from the site for using their personal details in ads; sponsored stories that appeared in the sidebar told Facebook users if their friends have endorsed a product, even though the site didn't have the users' permission.

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