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 TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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: Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract | FTC weighs updating kids' internet privacy rules | Schumer calls for FaceApp probe | Report says states need more money to secure elections Maxine Waters says her committee will call in Zuckerberg to testify about Libra Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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.