Washington, DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica’s data use

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

The top legal officer in the USA capital city has sued Facebook over privacy violations related to personal data leaked to the Cambridge Analytica consultancy working on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

Flashback: I reported back in July how Facebook's stock suffered the worst single-day market loss in history back in July amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The company had told users it vetted third-party apps, yet made few checks, Racine said.

'Facebook's lax oversight and misleading privacy policies allowed, among other things, a third-party app to collect the personal info of users without their permission and sell it to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm'.

In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app that claimed to generate a personality profile.

The information of more than 340,000 District of Columbia residents was exposed but only 860 downloaded the quiz, Racine said.

Cambridge Analytica in 2014 used data collected by a quiz app, which gathered information on those who used it as well as their friends, which numbered in the hundreds for many users.

"Facebook's consumers reasonably expect that Facebook will take appropriate steps to maintain and protect their data", Racine said in a conference call Wednesday with reporters. "Today's lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users' privacy".

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The lawsuit comes as Facebook is grappling with concerns about whether it's done enough to protect the privacy and security of the data its users share on the social network. In addition, it seeks restitution for consumers, penalties and costs.

This person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss matters not yet public, said several states also are pursuing investigations into Facebook.

"We're reviewing the complaint and look forward to continuing our discussions with attorneys general in DC and elsewhere", the statement read.

Facebook has come under scrutiny in the past regarding the same scandal.

After the revelations about Cambridge Analytica, congressional hearings were held and Facebook changed what sorts of data it lets outside developers access.

It was revealed this week that Facebook's privacy controls had broken down yet again.

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