Facebook faces record fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

11 Julio, 2018, 10:26 | Author: Kelly Blake

Facebook could be fined 500,000 pounds ($894,000) by Britain's privacy regulator after the social-network giant failed to prevent key user data falling into the hands of a political consultancy that helped get President Donald Trump elected.

Because the breaches in the scope of the ICO's inquiry occurred in 2013-2014, Facebook escaped a fine of up to 4 per cent of turnover, equivalent to more than £1.2 billion, that could have applied under the general data protection regulation (GDPR), which came into force on...

The UK Information Commissioner's Office is threatening the company with the maximum penalty allowed, it said on Wednesday when issuing its first findings in a probe that looked at some 30 organisations, including social-media platforms such as Facebook.

"We are fully cooperating with the investigation now under way 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", the spokeswoman said.

OAIC is conducting its own investigation into whether Facebook breached the Privacy Act, which obligates organisations to ensure customers are notified about the collection and handling of their personal information. "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.

The survey results were allegedly used by election consultants Cambridge Analytica to target voters in United States elections, including Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

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Facebook broke the law by failing to safeguard people's data and not being transparent about how that data could be harvested, said Ms Denham.

Facebook learned of the infraction in 2015 but didn't inform the public.

The report sets out regulatory action taken against a number of the star players in this year's data scandal, including a criminal prosecution against Cambridge Analytica's parent biz SCL Elections Ltd - which has since folded, in name at least - for failing to properly deal with the ICO's enforcement notice.

Facebook is facing a class action in Australia for allegedly breaching privacy laws over the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal. The company has said it plans to do so "soon".

It also said it would send warning letters to 11 political parties to compel them to audit their data protection practices.

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