Published: Thu, December 20, 2018
Industry | By Jeannie Evans

Washington DC sues Facebook for 'misleading and deceptive' privacy policies

Washington DC sues Facebook for 'misleading and deceptive' privacy policies

The attorney general in the nation's capital has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users.

But Mr Racine said his office was also targeting "the same kind of deceptive privacy practices" reported by the New York Times, including its partnerships with hardware firms such as Blackberry and privacy settings which were "ambiguous, confusing and hard to understand".

The lawsuit comes as Facebook continues to face criticism around the world for mismanaging its users' personal information.

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

The firm used a benign-looking quiz app to gather information on Facebook users and their friends, including names, locations, religious and political affiliations and educational backgrounds. After meeting with civil rights leaders and experts, Murphy wrote in the report, Facebook chose to focus the first phase of its audit on preventing voter intimidation and suppression ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The Mark Zuckerberg-led company allowed Amazon to get users' names and contact information through their friends and permitted Yahoo to view streams of friends' posts.


Facebook has repeatedly assured lawmakers, regulators and the media that it is battening down its hatches in an effort to do a better job preventing unauthorized access to the pictures, thoughts and other personal information that its almost 2.3 billion users typically intend to share only with friends and family.

Facebook agreed in 2011 to an arrangement with the Federal Trade Commission, which forces Facebook to undergo an external audit of their privacy policies and practices every two years.

He said that could happen once as a mistake, but for it to happen again, "it's a choice" on the part of the company's leaders.

"It appears that Facebook has not been honest with Congress or the public about how it treats its users' data", Congressman Frank Pallone, a Democrat, said in a tweet.

The lawsuit accuses Facebook of violating DC's consumer protection law.

Albeit in brief, Sanderg also responded to a just-released report& lt; /a for the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, which concluded that Russian operatives used Facebook and Instagram to suppress turnout among potential black voters in 2016.

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