Facebook sued by D.C. over Cambridge Analytica data scandal

December 19, 2018


Facebook was sued by the District of Columbia over a privacy breach in which personal information of millions of Americans was transferred by an app developer to Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that worked for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

The suit, filed Wednesday by the district's attorney general, Karl Racine, alleges Facebook violated the Consumer Protection and Procedures Act as a result of lax oversight of the company's third-party applications.

Facebook shares fell Wednesday following a New York Times report that -- separate from the Cambridge Analytica scandal -- the social media giant had allowed more than 150 companies to access more users' personal data than it had disclosed. Shares extended their decline with news of the suit, falling as much as 6.8 percent and trading at $133.95 at 1:03 p.m. in New York.

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