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Tue Oct 10, 2023, 10:11 AM Oct 2023

Costco accused of sharing customers' 'highly personal' health data with Facebook owner Meta [View all]


Costco accused of sharing customers’ ‘highly personal’ health data with Facebook owner Meta

Costco has allegedly handed customers’ private information over to Facebook parent Meta without their consent, according to a lawsuit filed in Seattle federal court.

Court documents obtained by The Post allege that a Costco installed Meta’s analytical tool, Meta Pixel, on its website.

The tech tracks website visitors and activities, and thus gives Meta access to customers’ personal data as well as pharmacy users’ “highly personal health information.”

The code is designed to help businesses track the effectiveness of their advertising, according to Meta’s Help Center, though it’s unclear why Costco would need to technology in the health care portion of its website, where customers can order or refill prescriptions.

The lawsuit, which was earlier reported on by The Seattle Times, claims that Meta gained access to prescription, treatment and health insurance data, as well as patients’ location.


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