DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by Karl Racine, attorney general for the nation's capital. Facebook acknowledged the lapse in a blog post but said it had not found evidence of wrongdoing by those partners. Other lawsuits, as well as regulatory inquiries by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Irish Data Protection Commission, are focused on Facebook's sharing of personal information with other companies. Partnerships with more than 150 companies gave Microsoft's Bing access to the names of users' friends - without their consent.

Facebook ceded control of a critical pillar of the company's personal data collection tools to artificial intelligence after it became too large for employees to manage, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Facebook's troubles with Cambridge Analytica came to light in March, after a whistleblower, Christopher Wylie, revealed that the political firm sought to create "psychographic" profiles about social-media users and target them with messages that preyed on their hopes and fears. Amazon got its hands on users' names and contact info.

While some of the deals date back as far as 2010, the Times said they remained active as late as 2017 - and some were still in effect this year.

Facebook has repeatedly assured lawmakers, regulators and the media that it is battening down its hatches in an effort to do a better job preventing unauthorized access to the pictures, thoughts and other personal information that its almost 2.3 billion users typically intend to share only with friends and family. The groups also called for Facebook to fire Joel Kaplan, Facebook's VP of global public policy, who has drawn scrutiny over his links to conservative figures, including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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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.

Advocacy and rights group took direct aim at Zuckerberg and Sandberg for Facebook enlisting Definers Public Affairs to conduct research on company critics.

Spotify offered a similar response, indicating the music service "cannot read users' private Facebook inbox messages across any of our current integrations".

He admitted that some companies wrongly had access to user data after it was supposed to be cut off, but said there was no evidence said that said data was "used or misused".

"It has never been more clear", Schatz tweeted. "The audit shows things are as bad as we expected them to be", said Simpson.

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