UK Information Commissioner Says Facebook Agrees to Pay $644,000 Over Data Security Issues
REUTERS / Dado RuvicSociety13:59 30.10.2019Get short URL110Subscribe
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Facebook has agreed to pay a fine of 500,000 pounds or about $644,000, in the United Kingdom over suspected failure to protect data, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday.
The commissioner launched an investigation into “the misuse of personal data in political campaigns” in 2017. The following year, the decision to fine Facebook over suspected failure to safeguard data was made within that probe. The digital giant appealed that decision.
Earlier in October, Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Authority (KVKK) fined Facebook for 1.6 million liras ($281,000) over last year’s privacy violations that the company failed to report to the agency. In May, the agency already fined Facebook 1.65 million liras for another data breach that had exposed users’ photographs for a short period in 2018 to third parties.
Facebook is currently facing a class-action lawsuit in the United States for letting third parties such as the controversial consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which used Facebook data to allegedly sway the 2016 US presidential election, access the personal information of an estimated 87 million users of the platform.