Facebook fined £500k following Cambridge Analytica controversy

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined social media giant Facebook £500,ooo for a series of data breaches, following the Cambridge Analytics scandal.

In July this year, the ICO issued Facebook with a Notice of Intent as part of the investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.

The fine that Facebook have received is the highest that the ICO can apply, for a wide-range of breaches that happened between 2007 and 2014.

Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by allowing application developers access to their information without sufficiently clear and informed consent, and allowing access even if users had not downloaded the app, but were simply ‘friends’ with people who had.

The ICO found that the personal information of at least one million users from across the UK were among the harvested data and consequently put at risk of further misuse.

In a statement, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “Facebook failed to sufficiently protect the privacy of its users before, during and after the unlawful processing of this data. A company of its size and expertise should have known better and it should have done better.”

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