Cambridge Analytica: Facebook has reached an agreement in principle

Facebook has reached a tentative agreement in a long-running lawsuit seeking damages from the social network for allowing third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, access to users’ private data.

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

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

Questioned by AFP, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, had not responded Saturday.

The deal comes as Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and its 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 the scandal.

In a lawsuit initiated in 2018, Facebook users accused the social network of violating privacy rules by sharing their data with third parties including the firm Cambridge Analytica, which was 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 had given 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 fined Facebook $5 billion for “misleading” its users and imposed independent oversight of its personal data management.

Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, Facebook has removed access to its data from thousands of apps suspected of abusing it, restricted the amount of information available to developers in general, and made it easier for users to calibrate restrictions on personal data sharing.

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