UK Information Commission fines Facebook £500,000 over Cambridge Analytica scandal
In July 2018 the UK's Information Commissioner's Office announced it would fine Facebook £500,000, the maximum under the 1998 data protection law, for failing to safeguard its users' information and lacking transparency about how the data was harvested and used by others, specifically Cambridge Analytica. Under the new General Data Protection Regulation, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the fine would have been much higher. The inquiry that led to the fine also led the ICO to send warning letters to 11 political parties compelling them to agree to data protection audits; it also led to criminal prosecution of Cambridge Analytica's parent, SCL Elections.
Writer: Alex Hern and David Pegg