Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine sues Mark Zuckerberg for Cambridge Analytica data breach

WASHINGTON — Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine has sued Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg for breaching consumer data protections following the Cambridge Analytica data leak.

“Evidence shows that Mr. Zuckerberg was personally implicated in Facebook’s failure to protect the privacy and data of its users leading directly to the Cambridge Analytica incident,” Racine said in a statement about the lawsuit released. Monday. “This unprecedented security breach exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a years-long effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s wrongful conduct. This lawsuit is not only justified, but necessary, and sends a message that business leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”

The lawsuit alleges that Zuckerberg was “responsible” and “had the obvious ability” to control Facebook’s operations and allowed Cambridge Analytica to use consumer data. The lawsuit alleges that third-party companies like Cambridge Analytica obtained data from 87 million Americans and half of the residents of the District of Columbia.

Racine filed a lawsuit against Facebook in 2018 over the data leak and is filing that lawsuit as a result of evidence found during that litigation, according to the attorney general.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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