Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now facing a lawsuit that could have serious consequences for himself, personally, Fox Business reports.
The lawsuit comes from Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine. It stems from the Cambridge Analytica scandal that occurred in 2018.
At the time, Meta was still Facebook, and the company revealed that the personal information of as many as 87 million users – mostly United States users – may have been “improperly shared” with the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.
Racine has now filed a civil suit in the D.C. Superior Court arguing that Facebook violated D.C.’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act by allowing “misleading” consumer data sharing policies, and he is arguing that Zuckerberg ought to be held personally responsible for the incident.
“Failure to protect”
Racine, on Monday, released a statement explaining his reasoning for filing the lawsuit.
“We’re suing Mark Zuckerberg for his role in Facebook’s misleading privacy practices and failure to protect millions of users’ data,” Racine said. “Our investigation shows extensive evidence that Zuckerberg was personally involved in failures that led to the Cambridge Analytica incident.”
Specifics about the investigation were not provided by Racine in the statement. But, more information is found in the court filing.
Racine alleges that “Cambridge Analytica used the Facebook Platform – in a way that Facebook and Zuckerberg encouraged – to influence and manipulate the outcome of a United States presidential election.”
He further reveals that the information obtained by Cambridge Analytica included “Facebook users’ ages, interests, pages they’ve like, groups they belong to, physical locations, political affiliation, religious affiliation, relationships, and photos, as well as their full names, phone numbers and email addresses.”
Try, try again
Racine has been pursuing Zuckerberg over the Cambridge Analytica scandal for some time now. But, so far, he has been unsuccessful. Racine, for example, attempted to make Zuckerberg a part of the original lawsuit that he filed against Facebook over the scandal, but a judge, just his year, denied that attempt.
It is unclear whether Racine will have any better success this time. In the lawsuit, he is seeking monetary damages from Zuckerberg.
Neither Zuckerberg nor Meta has responded to Racine’s latest lawsuit.