Zuckerberg and Sandberg must testify in privacy case

Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg must testify in a federal lawsuit over sharing user data with Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg is questioned for six hours, Sandberg has to answer questions from the opposing team for five hours. Meta’s lawyers call it a “transparent attempt at intimidation.”

That reports Reuters news agency.

Facebook punished for Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

The case, brought by a Washington DC law firm, revolves around the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. The now-defunct British company collected personal data from more than 87 million American Facebook users in 2014. Cambridge Analytica had not asked for permission to do so. Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump used this data in the 2016 presidential election to offer targeted advertisements and commercials.

Facebook has been punished for this by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In July 2019, the American regulator fined the platform 5 billion dollars for this privacy violation. She blamed Facebook for failing to protect users’ privacy and personal information.

Zuckerberg was personally exonerated by the FTC at the time. However, he had to promise that he would better protect the privacy of his users in the future. He was instructed to prepare a quarterly report on what he had done to achieve this.

‘Critising Facebook’s business model’

The story did not end there. In 2018, Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit against Zuckerberg for his part in the privacy scandal with Cambridge Analytica. He called the case “the biggest consumer privacy scandal in the country’s history”.

The judge accused Racine of acting “almost in bad faith”. “You want to change this from a

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