The attorney general of the District of Columbia, Karl Racine,
sued Facebook on Wednesday for allowing the political consulting
firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the private data of tens of
millions of the social network’s users.
It was a first step by a state attorney general to punish Facebook
for privacy violations. “Facebook failed to protect the privacy of
its users and deceived them about who had access to their data and
how it was used,” Mr. Racine said in a statement.
Will Castleberry, Facebook’s vice president of state and local
public policy, said in a statement, “We’re reviewing the complaint
and look forward to continuing our discussions with attorneys
general in D.C. and elsewhere.”
Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but I think Facebook is in some serious trouble.