Meta to Pay $725 Million in Privacy Settlement to Valid U.S. Applicants

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Facebook parent company, Meta, is paying $725 million in a privacy settlement to applicants in the U.S. who had a Facebook account any time since May 24, 2007.  The lawsuit alleges the platform allowed personal information of millions of its users to be accessed by Cambridge Analytica, an organization that supported Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.  To apply, users can  fill out a form and submit online or by mail.  In 2018, the case emerged after revelations that Cambridge Analytica was found to have paid a Facebook app developer for access to about 87 million users’ personal information.  The firm used the data to target U.S. voters during the 2016 presidential campaign culminating to Donald Trump’s victory.