Facebook fined £500,000 over data breach

Social media giant, Facebook, yesterday received a slap of £500,000 from the United Kingdom over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, said the tech giant should have known better than to process users’ data without their express permission.

“Facebook should have known better and it should have done better.”

Denham said Facebook’s failings meant that data belonging to 87 million users worldwide, including one million in the UK, was processed unlawfully.

‘Even after the breaches came to light the social media giant failed to act properly,’ she said.

The Information Commissioner warned that the fine would have been much higher under new data laws that came into force this year.

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