Cambridge Analytica scandal: Facebook agrees to pay $725 million

The American giant Meta, owner of Facebook, has agreed to pay 725 million dollars to end the lawsuit launched in 2018 claiming damages from the social network accused of having allowed third parties, including the company Cambridge Analytica, to have access to private user data.

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“The 725 million proposed by the agreement constituting the highest amount ever reached in a collective lawsuit on private data and ever paid by Facebook to end” this type of lawsuit, said the defense lawyers in a court document filed in a San Francisco court, released Thursday evening.

Facebook has admitted no infringement under the terms of this agreement which has yet to be approved by a judge in this court.

“We sought an agreement because it was in our interests and those of the parties involved. Over the past three years, we have completely revised our approach to privacy and put in place a program to improve its protection,” said Dina El Kassaby Luce, spokesperson for Meta.

The conclusion of a preliminary agreement was announced last August, without the amount or the terms of this agreement being revealed at the time.

It was then that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief executive Sheryl Sandberg, who announced its release in June after 14 years with the company, testified in court in September in connection with the scandal.

In a procedure initiated in 2018, Facebook users accused the social network of having violated privacy rules by sharing their data with third parties, including the firm Cambridge Analytica, linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. in 2016.

Cambridge Analytica, which has since closed, had collected and used, without their consent, the personal data of 87 million Facebook users, to whom the platform had given access.

This information would have been used to develop software used to guide the vote of American voters in favor of Donald Trump.

In July 2019, federal authorities fined Facebook $5 billion for “misleading” its users and imposed independent oversight of its handling of personal data.

Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, Facebook has removed access to its data from thousands of applications suspected of abusing it, restricted the amount of information accessible to developers in general and made it easier for users to calibration of personal data sharing restrictions.

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