According to a new report in Washington Post, Attorney General Karl Racine of District of Columbia has filed a lawsuit this week accusing Facebook of allowing developers to use personal data of millions of users. This new lawsuit is another thorn on the social media behemoth’s crown that is already feeling extremely pained with the slew of regulatory investigations due to privacy breaches and security issues. A company spokesperson stated that Facebook is reviewing the complaint and will look forward to continuing this discussion with Mr. Karl Racine in DC and elsewhere.
Facebook is also being probed for various security based errors by Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm is already trying to reduce the excessive fine of £ 500,000 that was imposed by UK data regulators for the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now even the Irish data protection regulator that is investigating Facebook after it made several admissions about security flaws recently may cause new problems to test Europe’s new privacy rules as per General Data Protection Regulation. According to Washington Post the new lawsuit could be amended to include recent data breaches admitted by the Facebook.
As per documents obtained by New York Times, Facebook has given large technology firms like Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and several others intrusive access to personal data of users than was disclosed which exempted them from usual privacy rules. These records show complete details of the firm’s internal tracking system for partnerships and disclose how user data has become a prized commodity for marketers in the digital age and how it is traded on a vast scale by tech firms. This data exchange was for benefit of everyone involved as it enabled explosive growth when Facebook got more users that lifted its advertising revenue. As Facebook’s users connected with friends and family across several devices and websites its partner firms acquired new features to make their products and services attractive for these users.