Washington, DC, Attorney General Karl Racine is suing Mark Zuckerberg for data breach by Cambridge Analytica

WASHINGTON — Washington, DC Attorney General Karl Racine has sued Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly failing to protect consumer data following the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

“The evidence shows that Mr. Zuckerberg was personally involved in Facebook’s failure to protect the privacy and data of its users, which led directly to the Cambridge Analytica incident,” Racine said in a statement released Monday about the lawsuit. “This unprecedented security breach has exposed tens of millions of Americans’ personal information, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s policies enabled a multi-year effort to mislead users about the extent of Facebook’s unlawful conduct.”

He added, “This lawsuit is not only justified, it is necessary and sends the message that company leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions.”

The lawsuit alleges that Zuckerberg had “responsibility” and “the clear ability” to control Facebook operations and enabled Cambridge Analytica to use consumer data. The lawsuit alleges that third-party companies such as Cambridge Analytica obtained data on 87 million Americans and half of the residents of the District of Columbia.

Racine filed a lawsuit against Facebook over the data leak in December 2018 and is filing the lawsuit following evidence found during that litigation, the attorney general said.

Facebook has already been investigated by the government over the data leak to Cambridge Analytica. In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook $5 billion over the incident and ordered the company to comply with new restrictions aimed at introducing greater accountability in decisions that affect user privacy affect.

The Cambridge Analytica leak, reported by multiple news outlets in 2018, affected the London-based company, which gained access to user data in 2015 and used it to support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Meta, Facebook’s parent company, did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy and filed for bankruptcy in the United States shortly after the scandal broke.

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