D.C. Attorney General Sues Mark Zuckerberg Over Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine sued Meta Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg on May 23 for failing to protect Facebook users’ private and personal data in connection with the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The lawsuit, filed in D.C. Superior Court, alleges that Zuckerberg should be held personally responsible for the data breach under D.C.’s consumer protection law because Zuckerberg was involved in decisions surrounding Facebook’s data practices.

According to the lawsuit, Zuckerberg oversaw Facebook’s day-to-day operations, including discussions that allowed consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly obtain the personal data of millions of Facebook users.

“The evidence shows Mr. Zuckerberg was personally involved in Facebook’s failure to protect the privacy and data of its users leading directly to the Cambridge Analytica incident. This unprecedented security breach 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 wrongful conduct,” Racine said in a statement.

“This lawsuit is not only warranted, but necessary, and sends a message that corporate leaders, including CEOs, will be held accountable for their actions,” Racine further said.

The lawsuit is Racine’s latest attempt to hold Zuckerberg personally liable for the scandal after a judge rejected an attempt last year to add the CEO as a defendant to an ongoing lawsuit filed in 2018 against Facebook over the same issue.

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