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'Breach' Or Not, Facebook In Legal Hot Water Over Data Use

Law360 (March 19, 2018, 8:49 PM EDT) -- Facebook’s continued insistence Monday that it wasn’t a “data breach” when an analytics firm mined private data on millions of unwitting Americans to create detailed voter profiles won’t get the social network off the hook with federal authorities, ex-regulators say.

Facebook’s general counsel has resisted the idea that data harvesting from Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, amounted to a “breach,” a distinction that could have triggered notification requirements in America’s smattering of state data security laws. But two former officials at the Federal Trade Commission told Law360 on Monday that no matter...

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