Facebook along with the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica are sued in the United States for getting information belonging to 50 million of their social networking company’s users without permission.
The proposed complaint filed late Tuesday night by Lauren Price, a Maryland resident, is the first of what could be a number of lawsuits seeking damages over Facebook’s capacity to safeguard user data, and Cambridge Analytica’s manipulation of that information to benefit President Donald Trump’s 2016 effort.
“Every Facebook consumer has an interest in this lawsuit, and also the enforcement of their privacy rights,” John Yanchunis, an attorney for Price, stated in a telephone interview Wednesday.
The complaint was filed at the US District Court in San Jose, California, a few hours later Facebook was blamed in a shareholder lawsuit filed in local San Francisco for its fall in its stock price following the data harvesting was disclosed. Almost $50 billion (roughly Rs. 3.25 lakh crores) of market value was wiped out in two days.
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica did not immediately respond to Wednesday to requests for comment.
“Our client saw a tremendous uptick in political messaging throughout the campaign on her Facebook webpage, which she hadn’t ever seen,” Yanchunis said. “She had a glimmer of understanding in the moment, but now sees there clearly was an attempt to influence her vote.”
The complaint seeks unspecified damages, such as possible punitive damages.
Yanchunis, who’s been suing Verizon Communications Inc over data breaches at its Yahoo Internet company affecting 3 billion accounts, stated it should be a “rather easy exercise” to recognize potential Facebook class members.
He said cyber-security experts can help with the case, which Facebook “leaves a footprint of what was taken that can’t be erased.”
The shareholder case is Yuan v Facebook et al at the same court, No. 18-01725.