Facebook accepts a fine of £500,000 over Cambridge Analytica scandal

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UNITED KINGDOM – Facebook has accepted to pay a fine of £500,000 imposed on her by the United Kingdom’s data watchdog, Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

This is coming on the heels of the scandal involving the social media giant and Cambridge Analytica, which was first revealed in March 2018.

By this acceptance, Facebook is bringing to an end a lawsuit that has lingered for over one year between her and the UK data regulator.

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Facebook has not accepted liability as part of the agreement with the ICO.

Recall that in July 2018 the ICO made public their determination to impose this fine and then allowed Facebook room to respond, however, in October they gave the US company official notice for the penalty.

Facebook appealed the fine but in June 2019 the tribunal came up with a temporary decision “holding that procedural fairness and allegations of bias on the part of the ICO should be considered as part of the appeal, and that the ICO should be required to disclose materials relating to its decision-making process”. have reached a settlement with the ICO. As we have said before, we wish we had done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica in 2015. We made major changes to our platform back then, significantly restricting the information which app developers could access. Protecting people’s information and privacy is a top priority for Facebook, and we are continuing to build new controls to help people protect and manage their information.

“The ICO has stated that it has not discovered evidence that the data of Facebook users in the EU was transferred to Cambridge Analytica by Dr [Aleksandr] Kogan. However, we look forward to continuing to cooperate with the ICO’s wider and ongoing investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.”

Facebook lamented earlier that it “wished it had done more to investigate Cambridge Analytica”.

“The ICO’s main concern was that UK citizen data was exposed to a serious risk of harm. Protection of personal information and personal privacy is of fundamental importance, not only for the rights of individuals, but also as we now know, for the preservation of a strong democracy,” said James Dipple-Johnstone, ICO deputy commissioner.

Facebook attorney, Harry Kinmonth stated that following the scandal the US firm has restricted certain information app developers could have access to.

“The ICO has stated that it has not discovered evidence that the data of Facebook users in the EU was transferred to Cambridge Analytica,” he told reporters.

“However, we look forward to continuing to cooperate with the ICO’s wider and ongoing investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes,”he added.

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