Facebook hit with first fine in Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal

Compensation sought for Australians caught up in Facebook privacy breach

A statement from Facebooks chief privacy officer admitted that Facebook “should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and take action in 2015.” A 40 page report created by British regulators says that Facebook failed by allowing the parties involved with the University of Cambridge to build an app that collects data about Facebook users and their friends.

The penalty from the United Kingdom data watchdog, called the Information Commissioner's Office, could change as the agency discusses the matter further with Facebook. However, because the abuse took place before the introduction of the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation, which allows fines of up to 4% of global annual revenues, the ICO is only able to fine Facebook £500,000 ($663,610, ) which is the limit under older British data protection law. "We're reviewing the report and will respond to the ICO soon".

"We are fully cooperating with the investigation now under way by the Australian Privacy Commissioner and will review any additional evidence that is made available when the UK Office of the Information Commissioner releases their report", the spokeswoman said.

Facebook broke the law by failing to safeguard people's data and not being transparent about how that data could be harvested, said Ms Denham.

Facebook now has the chance to respond to the commissioner's notice of intent, after which a final decision will be made. According to former Cambridge Analytica data scientist Christopher Wylie, a whistleblower, the firm aimed to construct psychographic profiles it could use to sway the votes of susceptible individuals.

"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. It's also about half of what the Spanish data protection authorities a year ago extracted from to the firm for privacy failings. "But this can not be at the expense of transparency, fairness and compliance with the law".

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"We must change this fast as no-one should win elections using illegally obtained data", she said, adding: "We will now assess what can we do at the European Union level to make political advertising more transparent and our elections more secure".

The London-based firm worked for Donald Trump's campaign team in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and used the data to build a software program to predict and try to influence votes.

ICO, which does not normally publish its findings, said it would give the public another update on its investigation in October.

As such, the "investigation into data analytics in political campaigns" has resulted in a number of other regulatory actions and recommendations.

It is the first financial penalty Facebook's has faced since the data leak was revealed earlier this year.

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