DC attorney general sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

Mark Zuckerberg's worth falls by $15 billion after a year of Facebook controversies

Mark Zuckerberg's worth falls by $15 billion after a year of Facebook controversies

The attorney general for the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Facebook for allowing Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, to gain access to the names, "likes" and other personal data about tens of millions of the social site's users without their permission.

Racine said Zuckerberg's site led users down a risky path by giving the company access to their personal information without authorization.

It turns out, the app also hoovered up the personal information of users' Facebook friends and that information was eventually sold to Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm that did work for several Republican candidates.

A look at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's first day of testifying in front of the U.S. Senate about the Cambridge Analytica scandal where the information of roughly 87 million Facebook users' information was harvested.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Facebook allowed unhindered access to users' messages, email addresses and other data as part of deals with major companies like Netflix and Spotify.

His filing said Facebook told users that it would protect their personal information, but allowed the app developer to collect and sell the data of users who had not downloaded or used the app.

The lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating DC's consumer protection law.

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Facebook said it's reviewing the complaint and will continue to hold discussions with Racine and attorneys general scattered across the country who have raised red flags about the company's mishandling of personal information.

In the lawsuit, Racine points out that just 852 Facebook users in DC used Aleksandr Kogan's "thisisyourdigitallife" personality quiz, but, due to the permissive data sharing that was in place at the time, hundreds of thousands of people were affected. In addition to threatening Facebook's reputation, the suit could potentially cost the company billions.

The lawsuit is the latest blow to Facebook in a year fraught with privacy scandals and other problems for the world's biggest social network.

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

The suit filed by the attorney general for the USA capital Washington is likely the first by an official U.S. body that could impose consequences on the world's leading social network for data misuse.

Revelations about Facebook's response to manipulation of the social network before and after the 2016 US presidential election, and shifting accounts about breaches of users' privacy, have battered the company's reputation and fueled frustration on Capitol Hill.

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