Meta Facebook agrees to settle data privacy lawsuit

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Aug 26 (Reuters) – A court file shows that Meta Platforms affiliate Facebook has agreed in principle to settle a lawsuit in San Francisco federal court seeking damages for allowing third parties including Cambridge Analytica to access users’ private data.

Financial terms were not disclosed in Friday’s filing that asked a judge to delay the class action for 60 days until attorneys for both the plaintiffs and Facebook have completed a written settlement.

The four-year-old lawsuit alleged that Facebook violated consumer privacy laws by sharing users’ personal data with third parties such as the now-expired British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

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Facebook said its privacy practices are consistent with its disclosures and “does not support any legal claims.”

Facebook and its attorneys from Gibson and Dunn & Crutcher did not immediately respond to a request for more details about the settlement.

Of the two law firms representing the plaintiffs, Keller Rohrback did not comment while Bleichmar Fonte and Old declined to comment.

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Additional reporting by Eva Matthews and Praveen Paramasivam in Bengaluru; Edited by Aditya Sony

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