Facebook’s fine is the largest possible under the legislation at the timeLorenzo Dalberto / Alamy Stock Photo By New Scientist Staff and Press AssociationFacebook has been fined £500,000 for breaching data protection rules linked to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the UK’s data watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office has confirmed. The record levy on the social…
Facebook has been fined £500,000 for breaching data protection rules linked to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the UK’s data watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office has confirmed.
The record levy on the social media giant, first announced in July, is for failing to safeguard people’s information and failing to be transparent about how people’s data was harvested by others.
The ICO said Facebook security failings allowed the personal data of up to 87 million to be harvested without their knowledge by a company called GSR, with some of the data later shared with SCL Group. This was the parent company of the now defunct Cambridge Analytica, which is at the heart of a probe into the use of data at the 2016 EU referendum.
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The fine was issued under the Data Protection Act and is the maximum possible. New legislation that was passed in May, called the General Data Protection Regulation, will allow future fines to be as much as €20 million or 4 per cent of annual worldwide, whichever is greater.
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