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Washington, D. C. sues Facebook about Cambridge Analytica’s use of the data

FILE PHOTO – A 3D printed Facebook-logo is shown in front of the listed cyber-code in this image is 22 March 2016. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Image/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The attorney-general, Washington, D. C. said on Wednesday that the national capital had sued Facebook over the scandal that broke earlier this year with Cambridge Analytica the use of data from the social-media giant.

“Facebook failed to protect the privacy of its users and deceived them about who has access to their data and how it was used,” said Attorney General Karl Racine in a statement. “Facebook users from the risk of manipulation by companies like Cambridge Analytica and other applications from third parties for the collection of personal data without the users permission.”

The lawsuit comes as Facebook faces new reports that it shared its data from users without their consent.

Cambridge Analytica, who worked for President Donald Trump’s political campaign at one point, to gain access to the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users. The DC attorney general says in the suit that exposed nearly half of the residents’ data are manipulated for political purposes 2016 during the presidential elections, and claims that Facebook’s “lax oversight and misleading privacy settings” had allowed the firm to harvest the information.

Facebook not immediately respond to a request for comment

Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Phil Berlowitz

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