Facebook sued by DC attorney general over alleged privacy violations

Facebook sued by DC attorney general over alleged privacy violations

Facebook sued by DC attorney general over alleged privacy violations

Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine said the U.S. capital city was suing Facebook, accusing it of misleading users because it had known about the incident for two years before disclosing it.

Facebook is being sued by the DC attorney general over allegations it failed to safeguard the personal data of its users.

In March, revelations surfaced that Cambridge Analytica, which had ties to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, had improperly gained access to the data of up to 87 million Facebook users.

In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app, promoted as a personality quiz, which claimed to generate a personality profile.

The scandal has triggered a series of investigations and broad review by Facebook on how it shares user data with third parties.

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.

The records further revealed that facebook permitted Amazon to obtain users' names and contact information through their friends. The deals, the oldest of which date to 2010, were all active in 2017. 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.

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 take this incredibly seriously", Sandberg said.

Spotify offered a similar response, indicating the music service "cannot read users' private Facebook inbox messages across any of our current integrations". That is a relatively small number, but the case could attract outsized attention, given it will unfold in the nation's capital, where USA lawmakers are mulling imposing new regulations restricting how much personal information Facebook and other internet companies can collect on their mostly free services.

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". "Protecting people's information requires stronger teams, better technology and clearer policies, and that's where we've been focused for most of 2018".

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