The data protection watchdog of UK claimed £ 500,000 from Facebook as the social media has been involved directly in the Analytical data scandal of Cambridge. The officials of (ICO) Information Commissioner stated that Facebook had an involvement with “serious breach” according to the law.
The claimed fine is the maximum rate which is generally allocated under the regulation of old data protection which has been applied before the effect of GDPR in May.
According to the ICO, Facebook allowed the app developers to access the people’s data “without clear consent”.In July, the ICO alerted the social network giant this proposed for issuing the maximum fine.
Professing about the fine, it told in a statement : “Between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by allowing application developers access to their information without sufficiently clear and informed consent, and allowing access even if users had not downloaded the app, but were simply ‘friends’ with people who had ”.
“Facebook also failed to keep the personal information secure because it failed to make suitable checks on apps and developers using its platform”.
ICO also said in a statement, “While we respectfully disagree with some of their findings, we have said before that we should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica and taken action in 2015”.
Researcher Dr Aleksandr Kogan conducted a personality quiz test for harvesting the Facebook data up to 87 million people. These data have been shared with Cambridge Analytica and the data was utilized to target the political advertising in the US.