- How to watch the History Channel online for free 2 Months Ago
- Why the Senate’s First Step Act isn’t true criminal justice reform 2 Months Ago
- Mom calls cops on son who can’t get ready for school on time Tuesday 11:19 PM
- Tinder exec fired after involvement in lawsuit alleging sexual assault Tuesday 10:48 PM
- Woman matches on Tinder with LaCroix thief—and his victim Tuesday 7:38 PM
- U.K. police will have to disclose documents about WikiLeaks journalists Tuesday 6:37 PM
- Backpack Kid sues Fortnite developer over flossing emote Tuesday 5:38 PM
- Conservatives rage at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘week of self-care’ Tuesday 4:02 PM
- 2 inflatable snowmen fought in front of a combo KFC/Taco Bell Tuesday 2:47 PM
- How to watch the Boca Raton Bowl online for free Tuesday 2:43 PM
- DAZN KOs YouTube, Snapchat as (temporarily) the most downloaded app Tuesday 1:57 PM
- AT&T says it’s rolling out 5G service this week Tuesday 1:03 PM
- NY state senator tells woman staffer ‘Kill yourself!’ in a tweet Tuesday 12:54 PM
- This Lil Jon-Kool-Aid Man Christmas jam is as extra as you’d expect Tuesday 12:13 PM
- YouTube stars say unfair copyright claims are making their lives hell Tuesday 12:12 PM
Facebook has been fined £500,000 ($641,000) by a British watchdog over its involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Issued by Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the penalty is the maximum allowed at the time of the incident and follows an investigation into the social media giant’s handling of user data.
Between 2007 to 2014, the investigation found, Facebook gave third party developers access to information without users’ informed consent.
Cambridge Analytica, which aided then-candidate Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in spreading political ads on Facebook, is believed to have been given access to data on as many as 87 million users.
If the scandal had taken place this year following the implementation of the E.U.’s General Data Protection Regulation law, the fine could have reached as much $21 million.
Facebook responded to the announcement by defending its cooperation with the investigation.
“While we respectfully disagree with some of their findings, we have said before that we should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and taken action in 2015,” Facebook said. “We are grateful that the ICO has acknowledged our full cooperation throughout their investigation.”
Although the ICO’s move is significant, the Daily Mail reports that given Facebook’s “$4.8 billion … net profit in the first three months of 2018,” it would only cost the platform “18 minutes’ earnings” to pay off the fine.
- What is Cambridge Analytica, the data firm connected to the Trump campaign?
- Can you really see who is looking at your Facebook page?
- New Facebook music features include Lip Sync, adding music to profile
H/T Daily Mail