Facebook faces over $650G fine in Britain over data misuse scandal

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The fine "sends a clear signal that I consider this a significant issue, especially when you look at the scale and the impact of this kind of data breach", said Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

The UK's data privacy watchdog didn't mince words about Facebook's role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal: The social media giant "contravened the law by failing to safeguard" the information of 87 million people, it said. The tech giant is accused of not properly protecting user data and not sharing how people's data was harvested by others.

If the data leak would had taken place after the new GDPR rules which came into action on May 25, the fine levied could have been much higher.

The fines are based on laws governing the 2013-2014 period when the breaches occurred.

Cambridge Analytica has maintained that none of the data obtained without the knowledge of Facebook users was shared with or used for the purposes of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

In March 2017, the ICO began looking into whether personal data had been misused by campaigns on both sides of the UK's 2016 European Union referendum.

The full investigation is due to complete in October this year, and the reports on the interim findings, as well as an analysis on trends in data use in political campaigns from think tank Demos, are due to be published at 0600 on Wednesday morning.

75 percent of EU-imported ivory is illegal
Savannah elephants have likewise been hard hit in some strongholds, with losses of 60% in Tanzania alone in the past five years. Avaaz's report said: "This is an EU-wide problem - high levels of illegal ivory were found in nearly every country tested".

"Fines and prosecutions punish the bad actors, but my real goal is to effect change and restore trust and confidence in our democratic system", she said. The ICO said it was providing the interim report to help that inquiry.

SCL Elections was liquidated in the wake of the scandal.

Denham claims Facebook broke the law by not being able to protect people's information and hadn't been open about how data was harvested from their platform. "But this can not be at the expense of transparency, fairness and compliance with the law". Never before have political groups had the ability to gather so much information about so many people and use that data in an effort to sway voters' political opinions.

The interim progress report has been produced to inform the work of the Department for Culture Media and Sport's (DCMS) select committee into fake news.

It said it was investigating both leave and remain campaigners in the referendum, and that it had issued an enforcement notice for AIQ, a data firm that worked for official Brexit campaign Vote Leave, to stop processing retained data from British citizens.

According to CNN, before 2015, in some cases when Facebook users interacted with the apps built by third-party developers on the social media platform, the developer not only got data about that user, but also about the users' friends and what they "liked".

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