State AGs press Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal

State AGs press Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal
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A coalition of 37 state attorneys general are urging Facebook to provide more answers on how Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained the data of 50 million Facebook users.

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“These revelations raise many serious questions concerning Facebook’s policies and practices, and the processes in place to ensure they are followed,” the bipartisan group of attorneys general wrote in a letter to the company on Monday. “Facebook has made promises about users’ privacy in the past, and we need to know that users can trust Facebook. With the information we have now, our trust has been broken.”

The state officials pressed Facebook to answer specific questions on how clear terms of service are, what types of information third parties were able to collect and what data safeguards the company has in place.

State attorneys general who signed onto the letter include George Jepsen of Connecticut, Tim Fox of Montana and Ellen Rosenblum of Oregon.

Their letter follows the Federal Trade Commission’s announcement on Monday that it is formally investigating Facebook’s privacy practices regarding Cambridge Analytica taking user data without permission. The British research firm worked for the Trump campaign, and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon sat on the company’s board.

Lawmakers have also closely scrutinized the company as well. On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced it had invited Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Democrats press FTC to resolve data privacy 'crisis' House Oversight Democrat presses Facebook for 'failure' to protect users Hillicon Valley — Facebook 'too late' curbing climate falsities MORE to testify before the committee about his company’s data collection practices.

The Senate Commerce Committee and House Energy and Commerce have both invited Zuckerberg to testify as well.