Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Facebook faces United Kingdom fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal


Social networking giant Facebook has been issued with a provisional fine of £500,000 - the maximum permissible under current law - by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), over the company's part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

In a statement the company said it had lodged a representative complaint with the Office of the Australia Information Commissioner (OAIC) that seeks compensation for "alleged breaches of the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1998".

Facebook will be put under more scrutiny by United Kingdom regulators involving “evidence that copies of the data/parts of it also seem to have been share with other parties and on other systems beyond” despite Cambridge Analyticas declaration that it had wiped all the data that it was asked to.

Of course, the only "clear signal" Facebook is likely to take away from a fine this tiny is that their actions resulted in zero actual consequences.

"Fines and prosecutions punish the bad actors, but my real goal is to effect change and restore trust and confidence in our democratic system", she said. "We are fully cooperating with the investigation now underway by the Australian Privacy Commissioner and will review any additional evidence that is made available when the UK Office of the Information Commissioner releases their report", a Facebook spokesperson said. "But this can not be at the expense of transparency, fairness and compliance with the law", ICO's information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said in a statement. A group of industry executives met with France's President Emmanuel Macron to discuss how to use technology to improve people's lives.

Data collected from Facebook by Cambridge Analytica was apparently used to help influence the election of president Trump in the U.S., and fake news on Facebook appears to have also paid a significant role in the UK's Brexit referendum.

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According to CNN, before 2015, in some cases when Facebook users interacted with the apps built by third-party developers on the social media platform, the developer not only got data about that user, but also about the users' friends and what they "liked".

"My initial thinking was because the breach happened before GDPR there was no way that there would be a significant enough punishment for Facebook", Taylor said. We have been working closely with the ICO in their investigation'.

That's despite earlier estimates that 2.7 million users in the European Union had their data improperly shared.

Consider the £500,000 fine more like the beginning of companies like Facebook's woes, not lawmakers' final solutions.

Humber said that further investigation is needed to ascertain just what happened to the scraped data and where it is now.

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