Here We Go Again: Facebook Faces First UK Fine of $664K for CA Scandal + It Gave Russian Internet Giant Data Extension

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The UK’s data protection association to fine Facebook £500,000 ($664,000) for Cambridge Analytica data breaches. Enough is enough. 

Read the details on Nexter.org about the painful consequences of the scandal.

Source: SlashGear

Facebook faces $664,000 fine

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) stated social media network, Facebook, had failed to provide the evidence that Cambridge Analytica got rid of users’ data. “This potentially brings into question the accuracy of the deletion certificates provided to Facebook,” said an ICO representative.

ICO is especially concerned about the political parties buying UK citizen’s data from such websites as Emma’s Diary (used by the Labour Party) and Aggregate IQ (the Vote Leave campaign). Moreover, ICO is going to bring a criminal action against SCL Elections, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company.

It’s important to ensure awareness of people for them to “understand how they are being micro-targeted” and provide fair elections.

Though the fine is not as big as was expected by the opposition, it will surely damage Facebook’s reputation. European Commission is known for heavy fines as they punished Google for £2.1bn in 2017.

Special data extension for Russian Internet giant – Mail.ru

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Facebook admitted that some apps and companies had been collecting user’s data for no less than six months. The list provided by Facebook included plenty of companies, for instance, dating apps, music-streaming services, and, surely, some Russia-based internet services and websites like Mail.ru.

Mail.ru had a 2-week extension kindly given by Facebook that enabled users to see their Facebook friend lists and message with people who also had the Mail.ru apps. This applications hasn’t had an access to any private info of the users but was allowed to see people’s friend lists.

Nevertheless, Mail.ru had hundreds of apps on the social media platform before the new rules, which means they were able to collect users’ friends’ data.

When it all started

Recently, Facebook lost its value after the Cambridge Analitica biggest scandal. According to Verdict, Facebook has now lost $100 billion in value since February.

A day before,  agreed to take a trip to Washington to testify about privacy issues before Congress. His decision put pressure on Google and Twitter CEOs – they will have to do the same as Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley invited all three CEOs to meet him on April 15.

Also, as it turned out, Facebook uses free labor – our working hours to keep the platform running. If one spends one hour per day using Facebook, it makes 365 hours per year – 15 working days. And you get nothing for it, while  earns millions of dollars on ads.

One more scandal related to the company: Facebook was about to face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition used in photo-tagging in US. Also, it was revealed that Facebook has been testing a new feature: they asked users to send their nude photos to ensure that inappropriate pics would never appear on the Internet.

Recently, Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Congress. You can read the brief summary of the procedure here. In case you want to follow #DeleteFacebook, here is how to do it.


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