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Facebook sued over Cambridge Analytica data leak

20 December, 2018, 14:31 | Author: Vicki Mclaughlin
  • 10 2018 one hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington DC

Attorney General Karl Racine said company's practices exposed 340,000 District residents - almost half of D.C.'s population - to potential "manipulation for political purposes". On Friday, for example, the company admitted that some users' photos may have been improperly accessed by third-party apps.

DC is seeking an injunction to "ensure Facebook puts in place protocols and safeguards to monitor users' data", plus "restitution for consumers, penalties, and costs", per the suit.

Facebook said that it has made a significant investment in safety and security of users and stays committed to working with leading U.S. civil rights organisations to strengthen and advance civil rights on its service. The organization criticized Facebook for not doing enough to protect the data of its African-American users.

Menlo Park, California-based Facebook has been under fire since it learned earlier this year that personal information was transferred by an app developer to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that worked for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

But the lawsuit also calls out other business practices like Facebook allowing certain companies to "override" a user's privacy settings in order to access data, CNBC reports.

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The report said Amazon was able to obtain user names and contact information through their friends, and Yahoo could view streams of friends' posts. The deals, the oldest of which date to 2010, were all active in 2017.

At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission took the unusual step of announcing an investigation into whether Facebook had violated a 2011 consent decree, exposing the company to a multi-billion dollar fine.

"We've been public about these features and partnerships over the years because we wanted people to actually use them. they were discussed, reviewed, and scrutinized by a wide variety of journalists and privacy advocates".

The publication said that if this comes to pass, Zuckerberg will have lost more money in 2018 than any of the world's 500 richest billionaires. And probably most galling is that Netflix, Spotify -and for some reason the Royal Bank of Canada - were given the ability to read users' private messages. Something like 44% of American adults get their news from Facebook.

"It has never been more clear", Schatz tweeted. "They are never going to volunteer to do the right thing".


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