New York (The Verge) — FTC officially ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users trib.al/j56AAi0.
More than 18 months after the first news of the scandal broke, the FTC has officially ruled against Cambridge Analytica for harvesting Facebook user data.
In July, the FTC accused the consulting company, as well as CEO Alexander Nix and app developer Aleksandr Kogan, of collecting data on tens of millions of Facebook users through a personality-testing app. The news, first revealed in 2018, upended Facebook and led to a congressional appearance by Mark Zuckerberg. The FTC previously settled the case with Nix and Kogan, and today voted unanimously to formally call the company’s practices deceptive.
In some ways, the vote was largely symbolic. Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy shortly after the scandal was first uncovered. As the FTC notes in its announcement today, the company never responded to the agency’s legal complaint or request for a court judgment. — Colin Lecher/@verge