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Two UK Groups Threaten to Sue Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica

Nearly 1.1 million Facebook UK users could be eligible to join such a suit if it goes forward.

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook in the the European Parliament, EU

UK group of dozens of people whose data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica are now threatening to sue Facebook for damages.

The group handed Facebook a 27-page letter, before claim, on Tuesday, accusing the social media of violating British data privacy regulations. The letter points to Facebook’s failures since 2009 when the company no longer allow users to keep their friend lists private.

Among all failers, the letter notes Facebook’s decision to let app developers get information not just on their own users but friends of Facebook’s users. This practice continues until 2015. Cambridge Analytica manages by than to get access to as many as 87 million Facebook users’ info.

The lawyers of the UK group warns Facebook that if it does not respond to all questions regarding user privacy within 14 days, the claimants may take legal action against the company in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Nearly 1.1 million British citizens could be eligible to join such a suit if it goes forward.

On Monday another group, called the Fair Vote Project, is also launching a class action suit against Facebook in the UK.

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