Facebook to be fined £500,000 over data breaches

Lester Mason
July 11, 2018

Lawyers have lodged a mass complaint to Australian privacy authorities on behalf of Facebook users caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

International Monetary Fund said it has complained to the Australian Information Commissioner alleging breaches of privacy laws over the data sharing.

Damian Collins said the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) concluded that Facebook "contravened the law by failing to safeguard people's information". Facebook is now facing inquiries by the U.S. Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, wrote in her accompanying report that Facebook should have done more to explain to its users why they were targeted for specific political advertisements or messaging.

Facebook will have the opportunity to respond to the commissioner before a final decision is made, something the company said it would do soon. "Whilst these concerns about Facebook's advertising model exist generally in relation to its commercial use, they are heightened when these tools are used for political campaigning".

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.


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

The British agency said it is still weighing potential penalties against Kogan as well as Alexander Nix, the former chief executive of Cambridge Analytica.

The world's largest social network said in April that data of up to 87 million people ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, which was employed by Donald Trump's 2016 USA presidential campaign.

The watchdog also plans to bring criminal charges against Cambridge Analytica's defunct parent company SCL Elections.

Just 53 Australians downloaded the "this is your digital life" Facebook quiz app responsible for the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

SCANDAL FALLOUT, The fines are starting to come for Facebook in several countries.

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