Facebook and Cambridge Analytica were hit with a class-action lawsuit on Tuesday, just hours before Mark ZuckerbergMark ZuckerbergHillicon Valley — Amazon draws COVID scrutiny Meta exec who co-founded Diem digital currency leaving the company Two lawyers who filed suit challenging election results ordered to pay nearly 7K MORE is slated to testify to Congress about how the political consulting firm managed to improperly obtain data on 87 million Facebook users.
The lawsuit was filed by seven people who were swept up in the trove of data that wound up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a company that did work for the President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE's campaign ahead of the 2016 election.
“We are committed to vigorously enforcing our policies to protect people’s information," Paul Grewal, Facebook's deputy general counsel, said in a statement. "We will take whatever steps are required to see that this happens.”
Cambridge Analytica did not immediately respond when asked to comment on the lawsuit.
The class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all American and British users among the 87 million who were unwittingly swept up in the data leak.
The lawsuit alleges that Facebook knowingly built its platform to allow third parties such as Aleksandr Kogan, the academic who obtained the data through an app on the site, to “steal users’ personal information.”
The filing also argues that Facebook failed to protect its users’ information and didn’t disclose the leak until it came out in media reports.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware.
Updated at 11:44 a.m.