United Kingdom Fine Facebook for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has been fined this Wednesday in the UK with 500,000 pounds (565,000 euros) for allowing a “violation” of the laws on personal data protection in relation to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO), the body that oversees compliance with the rules on data protection in the United Kingdom, noted that Facebook allowed the legislation to be violated by allowing access to information of its users without “a clear consent”.

Last March there was a scandal when revealed that the British consultancy Cambridge Analytica (which closed in May as a result of this crisis) used an application to collect millions of data from Facebook users, which could be used to influence the president’s election campaign of the United States, Donald Trump, in 2016.

Last July, the ICO notified the US company that it intended to apply the highest fine – 500,000 pounds – for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which offered election marketing services.

“Between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed users’ personal information unfairly by allowing those who developed applications to access their information without sufficient clear and informed consent,” the ICO said in a statement.

“In addition, Facebook failed to keep personal information secure because it failed to do the proper checks on applications and programmers who used its platform,” he added.

The ICO added that, even in December 2015, when the use of the data was discovered, Facebook “did not do enough” to ensure that those who used it took action.

“A company of its size and experience should have known better and should have done better,” said the head of the aforementioned office, Elizabeth Denham.