Judge rejects Facebook’s bid to sidestep privacy lawsuit

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US-based Facebook Inc has lost a preliminary bid to dodge a privacy lawsuit filed against it by Australia’s Information Commissioner over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, after a court ruled the lawsuit could be served on it outside Australia.Lawyers for Facebook Inc had asked Federal Court Justice Michael Thawley to set aside his earlier decision allowing the Information Commissioner to serve legal documents on the company in America. They did not ask Justice Thawley to set aside an identical decision allowing documents to be served on Facebook Ireland. The commissioner has alleged the personal data of Facebook users was disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected.Credit:BloombergAustralia’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Angelene Falk, has alleged the personal data of more than 300,000 Australian Facebook users was disclosed between March 2014 and May 2015 for purposes other than those for which it was collected – a breach of Australia’s Privacy Act.The information, which included a range of personal details, including birthdays, locations, page likes, friend lists and email addresses, was allegedly disclosed to data science firm Cambridge Analytica through the “This is Your Digital Life” app.

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