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Facebook stares down barrel of $660,000 fine over data slurping

By Paul Ducklin, Sophos

July 11, 2018

It’s the hot story right now in Europe…

…no, we’re not talking about the news that France just dumped neighbours Belgium out of the World Series with a 1-0 victory. [Surely you mean the World Cup?Ed.]

We’re talking about the widepspread media coverage that the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) intends to fine Facebook £500,000 (about $660,000) over the Cambridge Analytica fiasco:

[The ICO intends] to fine Facebook a maximum £500,000 for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Facebook, with Cambridge Analytica, has been the focus of the investigation since February when evidence emerged that an app had been used to harvest the data of 50 million Facebook users across the world. This is now estimated at 87 million.

The ICO’s investigation concluded that Facebook contravened the law by failing to safeguard people’s information. It also found that the company failed to be transparent about how people’s data was harvested by others.

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