Washington DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

The DC Attorney General alleged in lawsuit Facebook’s ‘misleading privacy settings’ allowed it to harvest information from DC residents, in violation of  violated the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

The AG alleged that “nearly half of all District residents’ data to manipulation for political purposes during the 2016 election”.

The AG stated

Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and how it was used,” he said in the statement. “Facebook put users at risk of manipulation by allowing companies like Cambridge Analytica and other third-party applications to collect personal data without users’ permission. Today’s lawsuit is about making Facebook live up to its promise to protect its users’ privacy.”

Facebook allegedly violate D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act under 5 perspectives: deception, negligence, confusion, delay,and carelessness.

More here and here

For more information, Francesca Giannoni-Crystal.