Facebook Ordered To Hand Over Data Privacy Records

Facebook suffered yet another legal setback this week when a U.S. judge ordered the company to give its shareholders emails and records detailing how the company handles data privacy.

The judge, Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights, noted that Facebook is subject to a 2015 Federal Trade Commission agreement that required it to obtain user consent before sharing data. However, Facebook wasn’t doing that during the Cambridge Analytica data breach in 2016 — and the company notably didn’t reveal the breach until 2018. Now, Facebook has to turn over its own private records to better explain itself.

“Evidence presented at trial provides a credible basis to infer the board and Facebook senior executives failed to oversee Facebook’s compliance with the consent decree and its broader efforts to protect the private data of its users,” Slights wrote.

As Facebook’s legal challenges continue to mount, the social media giant has even resorted to arguing that there is no “reasonable expectation of privacy” on the platform. By that logic, of course, no suit against it is valid.

“There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” Facebook lawyer Orin Snyder reportedly said during another recent pretrial hearing.

With statements like that, it’s clear Facebook is getting desperate — and that it doesn’t want to share its private documents. But that’s poetic justice for users who feel the same way about their own data.

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