The top legal officer in Washington, DC, has sued Facebook over privacy violations related to personal data leaked to the now defunct political consultancy group Cambridge Analytica, which worked on US President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in the US capital city by the District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine would be the first by an official US body, the Washington Post reported.
The lawsuit alleges Facebook misled users by allowing several app makers it called partners “to override Facebook consumers’ privacy settings and access their information without their knowledge or consent,” the newspaper reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
“Facebook could have prevented third parties from misusing its consumers’ data had it implemented and maintained reasonable oversight of third-party applications,” according to the lawsuit.
The court could award unspecified damages…