Facebook is to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for its part in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the information commissioner has announced. The fine is for two breaches of the Data Protection Act. The Information Commissioner’s Office concluded that Facebook failed to safeguard its users’ information and that it failed to be transparent about how that data was harvested by others.
The British Labour party bought data on more than 1 million new and expectant mothers and their children from a leading baby club ahead of the 2017 general election. The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued a notice of intent to fine Emma’s Diary £140,000 for the infraction.