Latest News: BBC news reported Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), Facebook has committed a serious breach, where Facebook gave the app developers access to people’s data – without clear consent. Facebook was notified about the intentions of the ICO to impose a maximum fine back in July.
The fine imposed is the maximum allowed under the old data protection rules that applied before GDPR took effect in May.
The ICO made a confirmation of the fine by releasing a statement which said- “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.”
Ms. Denham warns Facebook warned Facebook in a media caption – “Facebook also failed to keep the personal information secure because it failed to make suitable checks on apps and developers using its platform.”
Facebook reacted to this saying it will review the ICO decision. Further added they respectfully disagree with the findings and said they should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and taken action in 2015.
Cambridge Analytica data scandal?
As you all know researcher Dr. Aleksandr Kogan and his company GSR used a personality quiz to harvest the Facebook data of up to 87 million people. A portion of this data was shared with Cambridge Analytica, which was used to target political advertising in the US.
ICO further explain even after the misuse of the data was discovered in December 2015, Facebook did not make efforts to secure the data as a preventive or remedial action which also includes deletion.
The ICO findings revealed that million people in the UK had their data harvested by the personality quiz. Further investigation are still going on to find how data analytics is used for political purposes.
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