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Mark Zuckerberg sued over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Zuckerberg was “directly responsible” for drafting the loose privacy regulations

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Mark Zuckerberg sued over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, is being sued by Attorney General Karl Racine of the District of Columbia in connection with the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal.

According to the lawsuit, Zuckerberg was “directly responsible” for drafting the loose privacy regulations that allowed the consulting firm to gather user data without authorization, as well as failing to swiftly notify users and ensure that the data was erased. It comes on the heels of a failed attempt to name Zuckerberg in a similar complaint against Facebook.

Racine’s basic charges haven’t altered since his previous filing last year. The lawsuit stems from an instance in which Aleksandr Kogan, a University of Cambridge researcher, gathered personal information from roughly 270,000 Facebook users as well as data from friends who had not given their consent to collect the data. In 2015, Kogan passed on the same information to Cambridge Analytica’s parent business, which worked on former President Donald Trump’s campaign. And when the Cambridge Analytica Scandal leaked in 2018, Zuckerberg publicly took responsibility for it.

As per Racine’s allegations, Zuckerberg violated the Consumer Protection Procedures Act by deceiving Facebook users about the confidentiality of their data and neglected the violation by not disclosing it. The complaint states that “Zuckerberg is not just a figurehead at Facebook; he is personally involved in nearly every major decision the company makes, and his level of influence is no secret.” Furthermore, “At Facebook, Zuckerberg oversaw the product development and engineering work that was exposing data to abuse.”

Racine initially filed a lawsuit against Meta (formerly known as Facebook) in 2018, and the case is still underway. However, a court ruled in March that Racine had waited too long to name Zuckerberg as a defendant in the case, arguing that this would send a message to other business executives. Racine’s office informed The Washington Post that the new lawsuit is based on documents procured during the Facebook litigation, which solidifies the case against Zuckerberg.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Racine stated, “This unprecedented security breach exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s wrongful conduct.”  The statement further reads, “This lawsuit is not only warranted, but necessary, and sends a message that corporate leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”

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