Facebook agrees to settle Cambridge Analytica data privacy lawsuit. Source: The Guardian

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Facebook Facebook agrees to settle Cambridge Analytica data privacy lawsuit

The four-year-old case alleged that the company had violated consumer privacy laws by sharing users’ personal data with third parties

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Facebook has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of allowing third parties to access users’ private data. Photograph: Daniel Felipe Kutepov/Sopa Images/Rex/Shutterstock

Reuters Last modified on Sat 27 Aug 2022 13.29 BST

Meta’s Facebook has in principle agreed to settle a lawsuit in the San Francisco federal court seeking damages for letting third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, access the private data of users, a court filing showed.

Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill in October 2019. Karl Racine said: ‘We continue to persist and have followed the evidence right to Mr Zuckerberg.’

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The financial terms were not disclosed in the filing on Friday that asked the judge to put the class-action suit on hold for 60 days until the lawyers for both plaintiffs and Facebook finalize a written settlement.

The four-year-old lawsuit alleged that Facebook violated consumer privacy laws by sharing personal data of users with third parties such as the now-defunct British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has said its privacy practices are consistent with its disclosures and “do not support any legal claims”.

Facebook and its lawyers from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher did not immediately respond to a request for more details regarding the settlement.

Of the two law firms representing the plaintiffs, Keller Rohrback did not comment while Bleichmar Fonti & Auld declined to comment.

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