UK: Facebook will pay 500 thousand pounds in data protection case

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Facebook social network will pay a fine of £ 500,000 imposed by the British regulator in the data protection case, but does not consider itself liable for violations, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said in a statement.

“The parties came to an agreement … Facebook agreed to pay 500 thousand pounds as a fine,” – said in a statement. At the same time, the regulator clarifies that the company did not admit responsibility for violations.

The fine will be paid to the consolidated fund of the country’s ministry of finance. According to the agency, the agreement meets the interests of British users of the social network. ICO and Facebook are committed to continuing compliance with data protection laws.

On October 25, ICO imposed a fine on Facebook of £ 500,000 for a serious violation of the data protection law. According to the department’s investigation, in the period from 2007 to 2014, Facebook incorrectly processed the personal data of users, transmitting them to mobile application developers.

As a result, GSR obtained illegal access to the data of 87 million people without their knowledge, including the data of one million people in the UK. Subsequently, this information was used by Cambridge Analytica, according to ICO.

Facebook said on April 4 that data from 87 million of its users, mainly in the US, was mistakenly transmitted to Cambridge Analytica. The British company said in response that under the contract it had the right to receive data no more than 30 million people.

Cambridge Analytica, partnered with U.S. President Donald Trump during the election campaign, was at the center of the scandal last year. As the New York Times wrote, a British company illegally obtained data from 50 million Facebook users.

Based on the data collected, the researchers evaluated the political preferences of the voters and showed them ads that directly fell into their area of ​​interest. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined $ 5 billion on Facebook.

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