The lawsuit alleges that Facebook’s negligent management of third-party applications violates the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection and Procedures Act. Just hours before the lawsuit was filed, The New York Times also revealed that the social media giant allowed more than 150 companies to access its data, and the actual situation exceeded its external disclosure.
"Social media platforms are clearly not taking the initiative to ensure privacy and security." Senator Mark Warner (Mark Warner), Democrat of Virginia, tweeted on Wednesday that "Congress must step in."
"We are evaluating complaints and hope to continue to communicate with prosecutors in Washington, DC and elsewhere," Facebook said.
In addition, the company responded to the New York Times report that "there is no cooperation or function that allows companies to access information without permission."
"allowing companies such as Cambridge Analytics and third parties to collect personal data without a user's permission puts users at risk of tampering," Carl Lassin, Washington's attorney general, said in a statement.
Racine’s lawsuit hopes that the court will block Facebook’s illegal actions and pay a fine of unknown amount. Other states are also investigating Facebook's Cambridge analysis scandal, but none of them filed a public prosecution. Racine said that it is not ready to jointly investigate the company's privacy practices in conjunction with multiple states.
Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, heard testimony from COO Sherry Sandberg (Sheryl Sandberg) in September. He has previously suggested a number of regulatory measures against technology companies. He also said the New York Times report showed once again that Facebook's transparency in disclosing the way the data was used and its subjects was too low.
Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Widen (Ron Wyden) has proposed passing legislation that would penalize corporate CEO for lying about privacy issues. He also hit out at Facebook's "unbridled" on Wednesday and said recent media revelations raised doubts about public statements by Facebook executives.
“When companies repeatedly lie to Congress and the American people about how to deal with news, location, praise, and other kinds of information, Congress has a responsibility to take action,” Verden said in a statement. “These people obviously need to take some risks. To pay attention to the privacy of Americans."
Similarly, Trump campaign director Brad Pascal (Brad Parscale) tweeted, "Zuckerberg and Sandberg are running out of time." He has been critical of social media's clampdown on conservative rhetoric, arguing that the latest media coverage could be "conclusive" for Facebook.
The Cambridge analysis scandal revealed that a third-party company called Global Science Research used test applications to obtain the personal information of up to 85 million Facebook users. Facebook said in August that it had investigated thousands of apps and closed 400 of them.
Rasin's lawsuit looks at the scandal from Washington's perspective. The lawsuit specifically refers to Alexander Cohen (Aleksandr Kogan), a researcher at Cambridge UniversityDevelopmentThe app was installed on 852 Facebook Washington users' devices. The app then collected personal information from 340,000 Washington, DC residents who had a good friend relationship with the 852 people in front. These data were eventually sold to Cambridge Analytical.
“There was another delay in supervision and enforcement.” The lawsuit wrote, “After discovering Cohen’s misconduct to analyze the sale of user data in Cambridge, Facebook did not take reasonable steps to protect consumer privacy and ensure that the data was properly processed and deleted.”
Racine accused Facebook of violating consumer protection laws in the region, misleading users in data security, failing to properly monitor third-party data usage patterns, making it difficult for users to control application data settings, and has not disclosed it for more than two years. Cambridge analyzes data breaches.
Christopher Willie, a Cambridge analyst scandal snitch, told a congressional hearing that former Trump adviser Steve Bannon (Steve Bannon) played an important role in inflaming public discontent and thereby influencing the U.S. election. He says Cambridge Analysis was created to act as a propaganda machine.
After the scandal was exposed, Cambridge Analytics has closed.