Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Washington DC sues Facebook over privacy scandal

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Wayne Curry | 20 December, 2018, 14:26

He said the Times's report "is yet another data point demonstrating that Facebook offers users far too little in the way of transparency about how their data is being used, and by whom".

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine is suing Facebook.

Earlier this year, Facebook announced that an audit by PriceWaterhouseCoopers revealed that Facebook does not provide user data to third-party applications. It is informed by the Cambridge Analytica story in addition to last night's bombshell New York Times' report.

It turned out that Facebook had even developed a special tool which could turn access to private data on and off - even if a user had already disabled sharing of their information.

Mark Zuckerberg had a rough year.

The lawsuit seeks both monetary damages and a court order that would require Facebook to put in place stronger privacy controls.

Incoming Republican senator Josh Hawley made similar comments about Zuckerberg's testimony.

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Zuckerberg owns a 13% stake in Facebook, which this year has been beset by crises including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, accusations of mismanagement, a shareholder revolt, and questions over inappropriate content. The lawsuit alleges the quiz software had data on 340,000 DC residents, though just 852 users had directly engaged with it.

"We hope this lawsuit will ensure Facebook takes better care with its data".

"Facebook faces a number of serious civil-rights challenges, including allegations of allowing the propagation of hate speech and misinformation and the facilitation of voter suppression, discriminatory ad targeting, privacy lapses, unfair censorship, and algorithmic bias".

Since then, Facebook has disclosed a pair of security breaches involving profile data and posts of up to 29 million users and 6.8 million users, respectively.

The Post said the suit could foreshadow other potential legal action and punishments on the way for Facebook as other state and federal investigations continue.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said on Tuesday the social media giant is committed to protecting the civil rights of its users, following a report that found Russian-backed actors largely targeted black users' data in hopes of influencing the 2016 presidential election.

The latest privacy scandal is rocking the social media and technology company. Uber in September agreed to pay $148 million as part of a data breach settlement with 50 U.S. states and Washington, DC.

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