Facebook Gets £500,000 Fine from ICO for Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal

Ireland's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) issued a £500,000 ($641,976) monetary penalty to Facebook under section 55A of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) for a severe misuse of their users' personal information before May 25.

The May 25 date is significant in this context seeing that since then the ICO can issue civil monetary penalties (CMP) of up to €20 million (£17 million) or 4% of the data controller's global turnover, whichever is bigger.

As detailed in ICO's monetary penalty notice (.PDF), the number of users whose data was processed and had been affected by the data incident around the globe was estimated by Facebook to have reached 87 million.

"The ICO’s investigation found that between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by allowing application developers access to their information without sufficiently clea... (read more)

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