(Reuters) – The Massachusetts Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned a decision requiring Facebook Inc. to hand over to Attorney General Maura Healey identifying apps that the company suspected had misused customer data, but judges showed she could eventually get some  The Massachusetts Supreme Court overturned a judge's decision in January 2020 urging Facebook to disclose the information to Healey, a Democrat, as it investigates the social media company's privacy practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.  These records came from an internal investigation launched by Facebook in 2018 after revelations that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had incorrectly gained access to data from as many as 87 million of the social media network's users. Cambridge Analytica provided the data to help former Republican President Donald Trump's 201
According to court documents, Facebook's internal investigation led to the shutdown of 69,000 apps, mainly because their developers did not cooperate with the investigation. About 10,000 were identified as potentially misused user information.
Justice Scott Kafker, who wrote for the 5-0 court, said that Facebook had shown that the information qualified as a "work product" lawyer potentially protected from disclosure.
However, Justice Kafker wrote that Ms Healey had shown a great need for the material to investigate potential data misuse and that further lower court proceedings were likely to determine that a "significant amount of information" could be disclosed.
Representatives of Mrs Healey and Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment.