Somehow, even years after the fact, the effects of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal continue to be felt by Facebook. The social media giant is once again being sued for its role in allowing the shady third-party marketing company to access user data, this time by a journalist in the UK who claims Facebook’s “loss of control” of user data warrants individual compensation.
According to the case being brought by journalist Peter Jukes, about a million users in England and Wales could be entitled to damages because of Facebook’s privacy conduct.
“Facebook profits from its billions of users, who reasonably rely on the platform to protect the personal information they entrust to it,” Jukes said in a statement. “Facebook exploited that trust by making users’ private data available to a third-party app, without their consent or even knowledge. This opened our personal data up to abuse. It is only right that we, as consumers, hold Facebook to account for failing to comply with the law and for putting our personal data at risk, and to ensure that this is not allowed to happen again.”
It’s difficult to believe this case will go anywhere because of the sheer amount of legislation Facebook has already dealt with regarding this scandal. However, any time the company can be forced to publicly answer for its privacy policies, it’s ultimately a good thing for users.
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