Facebook slapped with fine over Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

"We are fully cooperating with the investigation now underway 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", a Facebook spokesperson said.

The regulator says Facebook broke the law, breaching the UK Data Protection Act twice. It can respond to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) before a final decision on a fine is made.

The ICO fine is a fraction of the amount the social media giant could have faced had a new EU law that gives residents of the European Union more control over their personal data been in affect when the data was shared.

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Cambridge Analytica used data from millions of Facebook accounts to help Donald Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign.

A Facebook spokeswoman said the company was cooperating fully with an investigation by Australia's privacy commissioner.

The ICO launched an investigation in March into Cambridge Analytica, the UK-based political data analysis firm at the heart of a scandal that's stirred up two national governments and the world's largest social network.


Former Cambridge Analytica staffer Chris Wylie revealed how the firm got hold of people's Facebook data without their permission.

The U.K.'s probe adopted a wide lens, focusing not only on Facebook but the ecosystem of players - totaling 172 organizations and 285 individuals - involved in the collection and sale of data about web users for political purposes.

Facebook's Egan referred to the numerous investigations involving the company.

Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, wrote in her accompanying report that Facebook should have done more to explain to its users why they were targeted for specific political advertisements or messaging.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement to CNN that Facebook's relationship with Mail.Ru deserved further scrutiny. In 2017, Facebook generated $40 billion in ad sales. The tech giant is accused of not properly protecting user data and not sharing how people's data was harvested by others.

It said it would work with Slattery Lawyers to investigate whether the claim for compensation was possible. The social giant permitted apps to collect this information until 2015, but the United Kingdom watchdog said Tuesday it was concerned that many people on the site "may not have been sufficiently informed that their data was accessible in this way". The watchdog believes that the Cambridge Analytica's affiliate companies may still retain some data, and steps need to be taken to ensure a complete cleanup.

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