Facebook’s Already Getting Sued for Data Breach Affecting 50 Million Profiles

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Earlier today, Facebook announced to the public that a series of vulnerabilities had allowed hackers access to an estimated 50 million user profiles. The company now faces its first class-action lawsuit over its apparent inability to protect this data, likely the first of many such suits to come if the legal fallout after the Cambridge Analytica scandal serves as any indicator.

Carla Echavarrai and Derrick Walker—both average Facebook users by their descriptions in the suit, filed today in California’s Northern District Court—accuse the social network of violating its home state’s unfair competition law, negligence, and of concealing its “grossly inadequate” security measures.