Meta’s Facebook has in principle agreed to settle a lawsuit in the San Francisco federal court seeking damages for letting third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, access the private data of users, a court filing showed, according to Guardian.
Cambridge Analytica Ltd (CA) was a British political consulting firm that came to prominence through the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
It was started in 2013 as a subsidiary of the private intelligence company and self-described “global election management agency” and helped, among others, Donald Trump win the presidency of the United States.
Its founders had contact with, among others, the Conservative Party (UK), the British royal family and the British military.
The firm maintained offices in London, New York City, and Washington, DC.
The company closed operations in 2018 in the course of the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal, although firms related to both Cambridge Analytica and its parent firm SCL still exist.