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U.K. Fines Facebook for Cambridge Analytica Scandal

HeadlineOct 26, 2018

In Britain, the country’s data watchdog hit Facebook with the maximum possible fine for failing to protect users’ personal data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The fine is equal to around $650,000—a fraction of the possible $22 million it might have been if the breach had occurred after the EU’s new data protection laws went into effect in May of this year. The watchdog found that Facebook gave app developers access to personal information of some 87 million users without their knowledge or consent. The political consultancy group Cambridge Analytica then used the data to sway voters to support President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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