Facebook sued over Cambridge Analytica data scandal

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Facebook is being sued for failing to protect user’s personal data in the Cambridge Analytica breach.

The scandal involved harvested Facebook data of 87 million people being used for advertising during elections.

Mass legal action is being launched against Facebook for misuse of information from almost one million users in England and Wales.

Facebook said it has not received any documents regarding this claim.

The group taking action – Facebook You Owe Us – follows a similar mass action law-suit against Google.

Google You Owe Us, led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd, is also active for another alleged mass data breach.

Both represented by law firm Millberg London, the Google case is being heard in the Supreme Court in April next year.

The Facebook case will argue that by taking data without consent, the firm failed to meet their legal obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.

In October 2018, the UK’s data protection watchdog fined Facebook 500,000 pounds for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said Facebook had allowed a “serious breach” of the law.

Facebook apologised and allowed users to check which “banned apps” had accessed their data.

Although there is not precedent for such a mass legal action in the UK, there is in the US.

 

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