New York, Massachusetts Investigating Facebook over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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New York, Massachusetts Investigating Facebook over Cambridge Analytica Scandal


Quinn, Melissa, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts have asked Facebook to turn over information related to Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of personal data that was improperly harvested from 50 million Facebook users.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sent a letter to Facebook demanding the information. The attorneys general are also probing how the data breach happened.

“Consumers have a right to know how their information is used — and companies like Facebook have a fundamental responsibility to protect their users’ personal information,” Schneiderman said in a statement Tuesday. “Today’s demand letter is the first step in our joint investigation to get to the bottom of what happened.

“New Yorkers deserve answers, and if any company or if nay company or individual violated the law, we will hold them accountable.”

In the letter to Facebook, the attorneys general asked Facebook for information “concerning Facebook’s policies and procedures as they relate to the reported misuse of data by people and/or entities connected to SCL and Cambridge Analytica,” BuzzFeed reports.

Both Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, a data firm based in London, have been under increased scrutiny after it was reported Cambridge Analytica misused personal data taken from 50 million Facebook profiles. …

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