It is the first time that a US authority takes legal action against the company led by Mark Zuckerberg, in this case, The Attorney General of the District of Columbia, in Washington, has sued Facebook Wednesday for the scandal of Cambridge Analytica, the consultant that offered data from this platform to influence electoral processes
According to the newspaper ” The Washington Post “, it is the first time that a US authority takes legal action against Facebook in this case, although the company was already fined in the United Kingdom with 500,000 pounds.
Last March it was revealed that the British consultancy Cambridge Analytica (which closed in May in the wake of this crisis) used an application to collect millions of user data from Facebook, which could be used to influence the election campaign of the president of EE. UU., Donald Trump, in 2016.
The newspaper, which cites a source familiar with the lawsuit, says it is likely that the complaint will be modified to include new allegations in relation to Facebook’s privacy policies. In addition, different US states They are investigating the company in the same way. The news comes a day after the newspaper published that the social network shared more personal data of its users with technological giants such as Microsoft, Amazon or Netflix of which were known until now.
According to this information, the company of Mark Zuckerberg shared the data without the consent of the users and thus generated its business model through advertising. Facebook authorized Bing, the search engine of Microsoft, to see all the names of the friends of Facebook users. A Netflix and Spotify allowed reading the private messages of its users.
The social network also gave Amazon access to the names of Internet users and contact information and Yahoo allowed her to see publications of friendships. In total, some 150 companies, mostly technological businesses, benefited from these agreements to access Facebook data, which has 2,200 million users