Information Commissioner’s Office said Facebook and has failed to ensure another company- Cambridge Analytica- had deleted users data. It was hit with maximum possible fine in Britain for allowing the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the information of million of people without their consent. in what amounts to the social networks first financial penalty since the data leak was revealed.
Facebook Inc. could be fined 500,000 pounds by the UK’s privacy regulator after social network giant failed to prevent key user data falling into the hands of the political consultancy that helped get President Doanld Trump elected.
The regulator says that Facebook broke the law , breaching the UK Data Protection Act Twice. Due to which Facebook has been fined £500,000 by UK regulator the ICO over the Cambride Analytica scandal. And it’s a maximum possible amount under the law , but given Facebook’s size its just a slap on the wrist. British politicians are now calling on Facebook to be more transparent about its internal investigation into data misuse.
According to the report by Washington Post, UK based watchdog said that , social networking platform overlooked critical warning signs that could have prevented Cambridge Analytica from influencing public opinion of the people on behalf of its clients, including those who supported the Brexit vote.
ICO will also bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica’s defunct parent company SCL Elections. Used by the Labour Party , call Emma’s Diary a company that gives medical advice and free baby-themed goods to parents.
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