Facebook was fined $640,000 by the UK for a massive data breach

Affected by the massive user information disclosure incident in March this year, the UK privacy regulator officially decided to impose a fine of 500,000 pounds (about $644,000) on Facebook. Facebook admitted in March that the British data analysis company “Cambridge Analytica” had obtained 50 million Facebook users’ information in violation of the 2016 US presidential election and successfully helped Trump win the US presidential election. Later, Facebook found that Cambridge Analytica improperly shared up to 87 million users of information.

Facebook data centre Asia

Subsequently, the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO) surveyed Facebook’s data security measures and searched dozens of servers and other devices containing large amounts of data. ICO said on Thursday that Facebook has collected at least 1 million British users’ personal information and put it at risk.

ICO Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham confirmed this, saying that Facebook failed to protect the user’s personal information.

In a statement, Denham said: “We considered these contraventions to be so serious we imposed the maximum penalty under the previous legislation. The fine would inevitably have been significantly higher under the GDPR. One of our main motivations for taking enforcement action is to drive meaningful change in how organisations handle people’s personal data. Our work is continuing. There are still bigger questions to be asked and broader conversations to be had about how technology and democracy interact and whether the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks we have in place are adequate to protect the principles on which our society is based.”

Affected by this massive user information disclosure, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to attend a hearing in the US and European Parliament to accept questions from lawmakers.

Via: theguardian