TechnologyFacebook Users Revive Lawsuit Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal
Facebook again fails to block D.C. attorney general's lawsuit
Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine has said his court case against Facebook for last year's Cambridge Analytica data breach will go ahead. Facebook's second attempt to block the lawsuit has now failed, Racine tweeted Friday. The D.C. attorney general sued Facebook in December, alleging that the company failed to safeguard the personal data of its users. Facebook's "lax oversight and misleading privacy settings" allowed Cambridge Analytica to access the personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users, the lawsuit said.
(Bloomberg) -- Four Facebook Inc. users revived a lawsuit against the social media company, claiming it invaded their privacy and violated its terms of service by selling their data to Cambridge Analytica and more than 150 other companies.
The amended complaint, filed Friday in federal court in San Francisco, comes a month after a judge dismissed the initial allegations. In the July 23 decision, the court ruled that social media users can’t pursue claims under the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits unfair or deceptive business practices. Instead, the plaintiffs now claim breach of contract and the violation of California privacy laws.
FTC votes to approve $5 billion settlement with Facebook in privacy probe
The Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a roughly $5 billion settlement with Facebook ending an investigation into its privacy practices, according to a source familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak on the record, a deal that could result in unprecedented federal oversight of the company. The settlement -- adopted with the FTC’s three Republicans supporting it and two Democrats against it -- could end a wide-ranging probe into Facebook’s mishandling of users’ personal information that began with the company’s entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.
While Facebook’s terms say partners pay the company to show content to users, Facebook breached the contract when it sold account holders’ data to partners, advertisers and other third parties “without affirmative consent,” according to the new suit, which seeks $5 million in restitution.
“Facebook has taken away the right of our content by selling it without our authorization and consent,” the users say in the complaint.
Facebook has said the data of as many as 87 million users were improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica -- a now-defunct political consultancy that worked with Donald Trump’s campaign before the 2016 presidential election -- showing that it was unable “to police and control its own protocol,” the plaintiffs allege.
Sources: Facebook to settle FTC privacy allegations, adopt new policies
The Federal Trade Commission is set to announce Wednesday that Facebook has agreed to a sweeping settlement of allegations it mishandled user privacy and pay roughly $5 billion, two people briefed on the matter said. As part of the settlement, Facebook will agree to create a board committee on privacy and will agree to new executive certifications on user privacy, the people said.
In a settlement announced last month by the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook agreed to pay $5 billion to resolve a probe into years of alleged privacy violations and $100 million to resolve U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that it misled investors about the misuse of account holders’ information.
The case is Hassan v. Facebook Inc., 19-cv-1003, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).
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Hundreds of millions of phone numbers tied to Facebook accounts exposed.
A feature that Facebook shut down in the wake of last year's Cambridge Analytica scandal came back to haunt it on Wednesday, when it emerged that hundreds of millions of Facebook users' phone numbers had been found in an unprotected online database. © ShutterstockMillions of American Facebook users' phone numbers are believed to be among those found. Facebook said there is no evidence that any accounts were compromised. Even so, the latest discovery is a reminder that even new, stricter security policies can't necessarily address past data leaks or abuses.
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