Sydney — Litigation funder IMF Bentham is preparing to potentially sue social media giant Facebook in Australia over its sharing users’ data with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Facebook said in April that data of up to 87-million people ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, which was employed by Donald Trump’s 2016 US presidential campaign. In Australia, more than 311,000 users’ data may have been used without authorisation, Facebook said in April, when Australia’s information commissioner, the country’s privacy regulator, began to investigate. IMF Bentham said it has complained to the information commissioner, alleging breaches of privacy laws over the data sharing. A class action lawsuit seeking compensation for users could follow depending on the regulator’s response, IMF Bentham said. On Tuesday, a Facebook spokesperson did not comment directly on IMF Bentham’s statement but said the company was "fully co-operating with the investigation currently underway by...

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