The Washington, District of Columbia Attorney General has just filed a lawsuit against Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg concerning the Cambridge Analytica Facebook incident, which resulted in the data of millions of Americans being compromised.
The attorney general of Washington, District of Columbia, has initiated legal action against Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to hold him personally liable for his alleged role in allowing political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to harvest the personal data of millions of Americans during the 2016 election cycle to create targeted voter profiles before the election. The lawsuit was filed by the attorney general of Washington, District of Columbia.
In 2016, Cambridge Analytica was working with the team that was running Donald Trump's election campaign. It had access to the personal information of more than 50 million users of Facebook. This information, according to the business, might be used to identify different sorts of voters and to affect the behavior of those voters in the lead-up to the election.
For those who have forgotten, Mark Zuckerberg was required to testify in front of the United States Senate as a result of the crisis involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. During the hearing, the Chief Executive Officer of the Facebook organization that is now known as Meta expressed regret for the major data breach that affected tens of millions of users and said that he had some degree of responsibility for the incident.
Mark Zuckerberg had also taken responsibility for his social network's role in the crisis, which had represented a significant violation of trust with the platform's users. Mark Zuckerberg also stated that in addition to an internal investigation, changes would be implemented at Facebook to give users more control over their personal data and that the group would continue to be open to the idea of submitting to regulations to prevent another scandal of this nature from occurring in the future.
Following the scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, the United States filed a complaint against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
These pronouncements did not prevent Facebook from being involved in the case, and the company ultimately received a fine of 5 billion dollars for failing to adequately protect the personal data of its customers. The Federal Trade Commission had also issued an order requiring the corporation to comply with new limits. These constraints were designed to ensure that actions that affect users' privacy are subject to a higher level of accountability. Although Facebook has already been found guilty, the company's chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, is now the individual target of attacks in the courts.
The district alleges violations of the Consumer Protection Procedures Act (CPPA) and accuses Mark Zuckerberg of failing to protect the information of Facebook users from the data analytics firm. Some employees from the tech giant described it as “sketchy” in an internal email in the year 2015, and the district claims that Zuckerberg failed to protect that information. Worse yet, Facebook did not terminate its partnership with Cambridge Analytica until several years later, after the issue had reached a global scale.
The office of Karl Racine has stated that the decision to bring a new complaint against Mark Zuckerberg was made after evaluating the hundreds of thousands of documents that were produced during the ongoing case against Facebook, in addition to depositions with Facebook officials. Facebook, its former workers, and the whistleblowers who exposed the company.
In addition, according to Racine, the Cambridge Analytica crisis occurred because Mark Zuckerberg wanted to make Facebook more accessible to applications developed by third parties. It is reasonable to assume that Zuckerberg was aware of the potential dangers associated with the use of this method. According to the claim, Zuckerberg allegedly stated in an internal email that “there is a clear danger on the advertisers' side.” The statement is cited in the lawsuit.
The complaint highlights the fact that Zuckerberg has served as chairman of Facebook's board of directors since 2012 and that he controls approximately 60 percent of the voting stock, making him the primary stockholder of the company. In addition, the complaint states that Facebook's primary stockholders are employees.
In the latest lawsuit, Racine argues that Facebook enables third parties, such as the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, to access the personal data of 87 million people in the United States. Cambridge Analytica has since gone out of business. At this point in time, the parent company of Facebook, Meta, has decided not to provide any remark regarding this matter.
The statement was made by Racine in a press release that announced the new lawsuit.
“This extraordinary security breach exposed the personal information of tens of millions of American citizens, and Mr. Zuckerberg's policies permitted a multi-year attempt to deceive consumers about the scale of Facebook's illegal conduct,”…
This case is not only warranted but vital, because it sends the message that business leaders, especially CEOs, will be held accountable for the acts of their companies.
RACINE IS NOT GIVING UP ON ZUKERBERG'S CASE
Following Racine's initial request to name Zuckerberg as a defendant in a lawsuit was denied, this second case was filed by the company after the initial setback. According to the information provided by Racine's office, this will mark the first occasion on which Zuckerberg will be a party to a complaint. The judge disagrees with Racine's contention that Zuckerberg should be named as a defendant and states that the approach “smacks of nearly ill faith.”
However, a complaint has been filed against Facebook because the company is in violation of the consumer protection statute in the District of Columbia. According to the allegations made in the lawsuit, Facebook users are being misled and their data is not being adequately protected. Naturally, the focus of this complaint is on the time leading up to the presidential election in the United States in 2016. In addition, there are rumors that Cambridge Analytica gained access to the personal information of millions of Facebook users without those users' permission, courtesy of Facebook.
The dismissal did not deter the office of Racine, which says that it needs more time to collect significant evidence although it did not succeed. His objective is to provide evidence that the CEO of Meta was personally involved in the infringement of consumer protection laws.
Supposedly, according to CNBC. “He claimed that Facebook's tardy evidence sharing increased the amount of time his office needed to come to the conclusion that it had the necessary facts to name Zuckerberg directly. Racine told CNBC at the time that he was considering bringing a separate suit against Zuckerberg because “we think the evidence shows that Mr. Zuckerberg was intimately part of the misrepresentations around retaining user privacy.” “We think the evidence shows that Mr. Zuckerberg was intimately part of the misrepresentations around retaining user privacy.”