The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) of the U.K. this week penalized Facebook with 500,000 Pounds for serious violations of data protection regulation. This is the utmost amount that the office is authorized to issue. The penalty is by the nation’s independent data regulator associated with the U.S. social media behemoth’s role in the data scandal by Cambridge Analytica that hit the news previously this year.
The ICO claimed that its investigation discovered that from 2007 to 2014, Facebook processed the personal data of consumers unfairly by permitting app developers to authorize to their data without enough informed and clear consent. It allowed access even if consumers had not installed the app, but were just “friends” with users who had installed them.
“Facebook was unsuccessful to sufficiently defend the privacy of its consumers earlier, after and during the illegal processing of this info. A firm of its expertise and size must have done better and it must have known better,” claimed Elizabeth Denham, the Information Commissioner, to the media in an interview.
On a related note, Denham earlier claimed that she plans to penalize Facebook for violations of data protection regulation. Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, encountered questioning by EU and the U.S. lawmakers over how Cambridge Analytica inappropriately got access of the personal information of 87 Million Facebook consumers from a scientist.
“New techs that employ data analytics to micro-aim at individuals offer campaign groups the capability of connecting with different voters. But this can’t be at the expense of fairness, transparency, and compliance with the commandment,” she claimed to the media in an interview.
“As we have stated before, we must have done more to inspect claims related to Cambridge Analytica and take measures in 2015,” Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, Erin Egan, claimed to the media in an interview.