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US judge denies Facebook's request to dismiss data-sharing lawsuit in DC

A U.S. judge on May 31 denied Facebook Inc.'s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine against the company. The lawsuit accuses Facebook of improperly sharing its users' information with data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica LLC.

Washington, D.C., filed the case against the social media giant in December 2018, claiming that Facebook failed to inform millions of users that their data had been sold without their consent. "After discovering the improper sale of consumer data ... to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook failed to take reasonable steps to protect its consumers' privacy by ensuring that the data was accounted for and deleted," the suit states.

The May 31 decision from D.C. Superior Court Judge Fern Flanagan Saddler allows the case to proceed.

In a statement to The Hill, Facebook acknowledged it has more work to do concerning privacy but said it does not believe Racine's lawsuit has any merit. The company added that it will continue to defend itself vigorously.

Separately, a judge in Delaware instructed Facebook to hand over emails from shareholders as well as other records related to its handling of data privacy related to the scandal, according to a June 1 report from The Hill.

The Supreme Court of Ireland recently dismissed Facebook's bid to halt the referral of a privacy case involving transatlantic data transfers to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Facebook is facing an array of probes into its data policies. In the U.S., federal prosecutors launched an investigation into the company's data-sharing partnerships with hardware and software developers. The Federal Trade Commission is also considering a "record-setting fine" against Facebook over the improper sharing of its users' information.