Facebook sued by DC attorney general over alleged privacy violations

Facebook Has Another Data Privacy Problem This Time Involving Amazon Netflix And More

Facebook Has Another Data Privacy Problem This Time Involving Amazon Netflix And More

The attorney general for Washington, DC said on Wednesday the US capital city had sued Facebook Inc. for allegedly misleading users about how it safeguarded their personal data, in the latest fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Facebook allowed unhindered access to users' messages, email addresses and other data as part of deals with major companies like Netflix and Spotify.

DC is seeking an injunction to "ensure Facebook puts in place protocols and safeguards to monitor users' data", plus "restitution for consumers, penalties, and costs", per the suit.

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

Facebook's woes mounted Wednesday as it faced a lawsuit alleging privacy violations related to data leaked to a consultancy working on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, and as a new report suggested it shared more data with partners than it has acknowledged.

Reports commissioned by the US Senate and unveiled Monday said that propaganda campaigns conducted by Russian Federation across a gamut of social networks before the US presidential election in 2016 included tactics aimed at discouraging black people from voting.

In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app that claimed to generate a personality profile.

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She pointed to Trump's tweet this weekend calling Michael Cohen , who has implicated the president in a campaign finance crime, a "rat".

Flashback:I reported back in July how Facebook's stock suffered the worst single-day market loss in history back in July amid the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

It accused Facebook of allowing the wholesale scraping of personal data on tens of millions of users. Partnerships with more than 150 companies gave Microsoft's Bing access to the names of users' friends - without their consent.

That violated the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act, according to a statement from Attorney General Karl A. Racine.

Monique Hall, a Facebook spokeswoman, declined to respond to Ars' questions about the new lawsuit but provided a corporate statement.

Privacy settings on Facebook to control what friends on the network could see and what data could be accessed by apps were also deceiving, Ms Racine said.

It remains unclear, however, whether the allegations that are being made against Facebook in the District of Columbia and in other complaints were against the law at the time, said Dora Kingsley Vertenten, professor of public policy at the University of Southern California.

As well as this lawsuit, Facebook is being probed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice.

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