Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

DC attorney general sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

DC attorney general sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica

The Washington Post reports that this is "the first major effort" by United States regulators to punish Facebook over its involvement with the British political consulting firm, which was allowed to gain access to personal data of millions of the social network's users without their permission.

"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.

The complaint filed Wednesday by Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed for years to properly monitor third-party apps. Other misinformation related to voting is sent to third-party fact-checkers for review, Facebook said in a blog post written by Sandberg.

Most of the headaches began in March after revelations that Cambridge Analytica, which had been working with the 2016 campaign of President Donald Trump, had been able to vacuum up potentially valuable information about US voters off of Facebook profiles.

The firm used a benign-looking quiz app to gather information on Facebook users and their friends, including names, locations, religious and political affiliations and educational backgrounds.

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In a separate measure on Thursday, the Senate also voted to cut off all other American military support to the air campaign. The vote was largely symbolic as the House of Representatives would have to pass the resolution for it to become a law.

The stock slide was the worst since the owner of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram warned in July that profit margins would erode in coming years because of consumer and government pressure to better guard data and suppress objectionable content. Facebook revealed in September that hackers had taken advantage of a piece of code allowing them to take over users' accounts. 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.

Facebook agreed in 2011 to an arrangement with the Federal Trade Commission, which forces Facebook to undergo an external audit of their privacy policies and practices every two years.

"At no time did we access people's private messages on Facebook or ask for the ability to do so", Netflix said in a statement.

Mr Soltani and three former employees of the F.T.C.'s consumer protection division, which brought the case that led to the consent decree, said in interviews that its data-sharing deals had probably violated the agreement.

Facebook did not immediately respond to requests.

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