Cambridge Analytica scandal: Facebook has reached a tentative agreement

Cambridge Analytica scandal: Facebook has reached a tentative agreement

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before the US Congress in 2018. (Archives)

Facebook has reached a preliminary settlement in a long-running lawsuit seeking damages from the social network for letting third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, have access to users' private data.

According to a court document filed Friday in a San Francisco court, Facebook says it is submitting a draft tentative agreement and has requested a stay of proceedings for 60 days to finalize the agreement in writing. and present it in court.

The social network does not indicate an amount or the terms of this agreement in this collective lawsuit.

Questioned by AFP, Meta, Facebook's parent company, replied that it had no comment at this time.

The deal comes as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief executive Sheryl Sandberg, who announced her resignation in June after 14 years with the company, were due to testify in court in September as part of a of this scandal.

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

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

This information was allegedly used to develop software used to steer the vote of American voters in favor of Donald Trump.

In July 2019, federal authorities imposed a fine on Facebook of US$5 billion for misleading its users and imposing independent oversight of its handling of personal data.

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

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