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Facebook finally agrees to pay £500,000 fine in UK for failing to protect the privacy of its users in the Cambridge Analytica scandal after a year of wrangling

Daily Mail [1]
November 1, 2019

Facebook has agreed to pay a fine of £500,000 following an investigation into the misuse of personal data in political campaigns.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced on Wednesday that the tech giant had withdrawn its appeal against the ‘monetary penalty notice’ and would accept the fine without admitting any liability.

In 2017 the ICO opened a wide-ranging investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes and issued the penalty to the tech giant in October 2018.

The investigation found that between 2007 and 2014 Facebook processed user data by letting third-party app developers access personal information without the user’s informed consent.

The most high-profile aspect of this was political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica after it was found to have harvested data, which resulted in multiple investigations and fines.

Cambridge Analytica, which closed in 2018, is said to have worked with Donald Trump on his US presidential campaign run by whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

In the UK, the firm was accused of using the data to target potential leave voters in the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Facebook’s settings at the time allowed app developers to access the personal data of not just the people who used their app, but of all of their friends as well.

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