Cambridge Analytica scandal: EU says it is ‘fine’ to Facebook’s “sorry”

July 11, 2018 3:30 pm


Facebook’s recent Cambridge Analytica scandal (if you have already forgotten) had the company in a raft of problems for months.

However, these problems resulted in countries giving the company a tap on the shoulder and a small “don’t do it again,” warning.

Nothing major, right?

Wrong. Reports surfaced this Tuesday that the UK’s Information Commissioner’s office has issued Facebook a $664,000 fine.

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About time

The office found that Facebook lacked the privacy protections necessary to catch Cambridge Analytica before it was too late.

The Washington Post reports that today’s announcement of the fine is preliminary and the final amount could change going into further discussions between UK regulators and Facebook.

A follow-up report is expected sometime in October.

Moreover, a 40-page report created by British regulators says that Facebook failed by allowing the parties involved with the University of Cambridge to build an app that collects data about Facebook users and their friends.

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Still “sorry”

Statements from Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) admitted that Facebook “should have done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica,” and that the company should’ve taken more preventative actions back in 2015.

Facebook will be put under more scrutiny by UK regulators involving “evidence that copies of the data/parts of it also seem to have been shared with other parties and other systems beyond” despite Cambridge Analytica’s “declaration” (or more specifically tweet) that the company had wiped all the data that it was asked to, back when Facebook first found out in 2015.

Sorry just won’t cut it anymore.

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Edmon Abdul Nur
By Edmon Abdul Nur
Technology Editor
Edmon Abdul Nur has more than 3 years of experience in technology research, cybersecurity testing, and IT understanding. Email e.nur@mediaquestcorp.com for suggestions, leads, and potential articles you would like researched.



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