Italian data protector makes Facebook an offer it might want to refuse: A €1m fine for Cambridge Analytica data leak

www.theregister.co.uk | 6/28/2019 | Staff
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The Italian data protection regulator has fined Facebook a cool €1m for alleged privacy offences connected to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

The regulator, Il Garante per la protezione dei dati, found that Facebook, via the This Is Your Digital Life app, accessed data from over 200,000 Italian citizens without their consent. The app was actually downloaded by only 57 people but it then accessed their friends and contacts to extend its reach.

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So in total 214,077 Italians had their data accessed without their consent being sought or granted. Facebook opted to pay a reduced fine of €52,000 for that offence. But the regulator chose to seek an additional fine because the data breach was so large.

The fine was imposed under Italy’s old privacy laws – not the European-wide General Data Protection Regulation, which allows fines of up to 4 per cent of a company’s global turnover.

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