Woman sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica for misuse of personal data

Woman sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica for misuse of personal data
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A Maryland woman has sued Facebook and Cambridge Analytica alleging improper use of her personal information to create ads during the 2016 presidential election.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Lauren Price sued the companies over “the absolute disregard with which Defendants have chosen to treat Plaintiff’s Personal Information,” BuzzFeed reported.

Cambridge Analytica, a data firm used by President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE's campaign, reportedly collected data on nearly 50 million Facebook users and then used it for voter targeting.

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“Facebook, for its part, knew this improper data aggregation was occurring and failed to stop it,” according to a complaint filed in federal court in northern California.

Price is looking to pursue the class action lawsuit against the companies for “failing to protect the privacy of its consumers,” her attorney John Yanchunis told BuzzFeed News. 

“I find this reprehensible,” Yanchunis said. 

Former Cambridge Analytica researcher Aleksandr Kogan blew the whistle this week about the millions of records the U.K-based company pledged to delete but didn’t. 

In a statement on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Facebook's Zuckerberg congratulated Trump after 2016 election: report Facebook to start removing misleading posts that incite violence MORE acknowledged that the company “made mistakes” and pledged to make changes to the company’s data collection processes. 

Zuckerberg said they’ve opened an internal investigation but notably did not apologize for the scandal.

U.S. and U.K politicians are calling on Zuckerberg to publicly testify about what happened. 

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is reportedly investigating the Trump campaign's links to the global data firm. 

Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix was suspended by the firm’s board of directors on Tuesday, pending a “full, independent investigation,” after a video surfaced of him discussing using bribes and prostitutes to sway political elections. 

Updated at 5:56 p.m.