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Facebook fined £500,000 in data breach scandal

United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) decided to fine Facebook Inc. £500,000 for its conduct in the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. The agency decided to levy the maximum amount possible arguing that Facebook did not protect its users’ data and did not tell users how applications can access their information.

“Facebook has failed to provide the kind of protections they are required to under the Data Protection Act,” said Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. “Fines and prosecutions punish the bad actors, but my real goal is to effect change and restore trust and confidence in our democratic system.” Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, commented on the decision, stating that the social media giant “should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and take action in 2015″ and that it will give a more comprehensive response to the ICO.

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