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District of Columbia: AG sues Mark Zuckerberg, alleging accountability in privacy practices associated with Cambridge Analytica breach

The Office of the Attorney General ('OAG') for the District of Columbia issued, on 23 May 2022, a press release on AG Karl A. Racine's action to sue Meta Platforms Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Zuckerberg, alleging Zuckerberg's direct participation in decision-making contributing to the Cambridge Analytica data breach. In particular, the OAG filed a complaint and demanded for jury trial with the Superior Court of the District of Columbia Civil Division, alleging that Zuckerberg's 2010 decision to make the platform available to third parties had an impact on the privacy and security of users' data.

More specifically, the complaint details that Zuckerberg has served as the CEO, co-founder, and a member of the Board of Directors which oversaw the company's operations, and where allowing third parties to access the platform and its data resulted in the access to individuals' data which was later associated with the Cambridge Analytica breach specifically. The complaint also details that Meta's privacy policies ensured the security of individuals' data. As such, the complaint provides that it aims to hold Zuckerberg accountable for his role in violating consumer protection laws in the District of Columbia by 'misrepresenting the protection of user data' and the 'disregard and misuse of sensitive, personal data belonging to District residents'.

You can read the press release here and the complaint here.