IMF To Press Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Privacy Scandal

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Litigation funder IMF Bentham Ltd. (IMF.AX) is preparing to potentially sue social media giant Facebook Inc. in Australia over its sharing of users’ data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

In April, the world’s largest social network admitted that data of up to 87 million people ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, which was employed by Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

In Australia, more than 311,000 users data may have been used without authorisation, Facebook said in April, when Australia’s Information Commissioner, the country’s privacy regulator, began to investigate.

IMF said it has complained to the Australian Information Commissioner alleging breaches of privacy laws over the data sharing.

“A class action lawsuit seeking compensation for users could follow depending on the regulator’s response,’’ IMF said.

A Facebook spokesperson did not comment directly on Tuesday on the IMF’s statement.

However, she said the company was “fully co-operating with the investigation currently underway by the Australian Privacy Commissioner,” using the former name of the Information Commissioner.

The London-based consultancy Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy in May and was unavailable for comment.

It said previously that it deleted the data and did not use it in Trump’s campaign.

Facebook has faced widespread criticism from users and scrutiny around the world from regulators and lawmakers since news broke that users’ data had been shared.

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