CNET: Facebook sued by DC attorney general over alleged privacy violations. “Facebook is being sued by the DC attorney general over allegations it failed to safeguard the personal data of its users. The company’s ‘lax oversight and misleading privacy settings’ allowed UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to gain access to the personal information of Facebook users without their permission, according to the attorney general’s office.”
BBC: Facebook appeals Cambridge Analytica fine. “Facebook has appealed a fine imposed on it by the UK’s data watchdog following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social network says that because the regulator found no evidence that UK users’ personal data had been shared inappropriately, the £500,000 penalty was unjustified.”
CNN: Facebook gets maximum fine over its big data scandal. It won’t even notice. “UK authorities have hit Facebook with the maximum possible fine over its Cambridge Analytica scandal. But the penalty is tiny.”
Engadget: Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica woes continue with UK lawsuits. “Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica troubles are far from over and a new class action lawsuit over the scandal might be on the way. Wired reports today that a group of UK residents has sent the company a letter before claim, in which they highlight the many instances where the social media giant failed to protect its users’ privacy and demand answers to a list of questions. Represented by UK-based law firm Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors, the UK residents all had their data obtained by Cambridge Analytica, and their attorney says that if their questions aren’t answered within 14 days, legal action could be taken.”
CNET: Facebook faces UK fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal. “Facebook is facing by the UK’s privacy watchdog for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access key personal data on millions of its users. The UK Information Commissioner’s Office on Tuesday announced a preliminary fine of 500,000 pounds ($664,000) after finding the social-media giant had failed to protect user data and wasn’t transparent about how the user data was obtained by others. The fine — the maximum amount allowed — comes after revelations that as many as 87 million Facebook users had their data improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy with ties to the Trump campaign.” Mark Zuckerberg is worth over $80 billion dollars. With his personal wealth he could pay this fine over 120,000 times.
CNET: Federal agencies reportedly broaden probe of Facebook. “Several federal agencies have joined the Department of Justice in its inquiries of Facebook over its Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to a report Monday by the Washington Post. The Securities Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission and Federal Bureau of Investigation have joined in the probe, according to the Post. In March, Facebook disclosed that Cambridge Analytica, a digital consultancy which had ties to the Trump presidential campaign, improperly accessed personal information on up to 87 million Facebook users.”
TechCrunch: Cambridge Analytica’s Nix said it licensed ‘millions of data points’ from Acxiom, Experian, Infogroup to target US voters. “The repeat grilling by the U.K. parliament’s DCMS committee today of Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the now ex company Cambridge Analytica — aka the controversial political and commercial ad agency at the center of a Facebook data misuse scandal — was not able to shed much new light on what may or may not have been going on inside the company. But one nugget of information Nix let slip were the names of specific data aggregators he said Cambridge Analytica had bought ‘consumer and lifestyle’ information on U.S. voters from, to link to voter registration data it also paid to acquire — apparently using that combined database to build models to target American voters in the 2016 presidential election, rather than using data improperly obtained from Facebook.”