D.C. attorney general takes legal action against Zuckerberg for Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal
D.C. Attorney general Karl A. Racine (D), sued Mark Zuckerberg Monday, seeking to hold Meta CEO Meta responsible for data abuses and misleading Facebook users regarding their privacy protections.
The suit was filed in D.C. Superior Court. It alleges that Zuckerberg participated directly in decisions that allowed the Trump-allied political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, to siphon personal data from millions of users. Racine sued Zuckerberg in 2018 over data practices. The case is still ongoing and he seeks to fine Zuckerberg for his involvement in the events.
Racine stated in a press release that “this unprecedented security breach exposed tens to millions of Americans’ private information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled an multi-year effort mislead users regarding the extent of Facebook’s wrongful conduct.” “This lawsuit is not just justified, but necessary and sends the message that corporate leaders, even CEOs, will face accountability for their actions.”
Andy Stone, Meta’s spokesperson, did not immediately respond when asked for comment about the lawsuit.
Racine is targeting Zuckerberg because his office wants to be more aggressive against the tech industry. Racine joined the lawsuit against Facebook and has joined other state attorneys general to sue Google for misleading privacy practices. Racine also filed an antitrust suit against Amazon. This was dismissed by D.C. Superior Court. Racine in April moved to have the court reconsider its decision.