Facebook was fined $645,000 for revealing user data
Cambridge Analytica scandal makes the world’s largest social network fined by the British government, affecting one million users here.
The Office of the British Information Commissioner (ICO) has decided to fine Facebook £ 500,000, equivalent to $ 645,000 (about VND 15 billion) for collecting and disclosing membership information. The agency said data of at least one million UK users were “handled unfairly” and Facebook “did not take technical measures” to counteract that.
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The above fine was followed by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which is the highest penalty under the UK Data Protection Act of 1998. “Facebook cannot fully protect user privacy before, during and after A company with scale and expertise should do this better, “said Elizabeth Denham, ICO Commissioner.
The fine in the UK will be very small if Facebook faces the Common Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – EU law that allows citizens here to control their data. GDPR will impose a maximum penalty of 20 million euros or 4% of the company’s annual global revenue, depending on the extent. If applied to this level, Facebook may be fined up to 1.6 billion USD (about 37,000 billion VND) but when a violation occurs, GDPR is not effective.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal started in 2015 when the company purchased data from Aleksandr Kogan, a researcher at Cambridge University. The fact that the Guardian informed Facebook and this social network has banned Kogan from its foundation and asked him and Cambridge Analytica to “officially confirm” that they deleted the data.
However, at the beginning of 3/2018, Facebook just learned that the information of Cambridge Analytica did not delete the data as stated. The data of 87 million Facebook members is said to have been used for President Trump’s political campaign in 2016. The scandal also caused Facebook CEO to testify before the US Congress.