Facebook has been fined £500,000 for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
The fine is the maximum allowed under the old data protection rules that applied before GDPR took effect in May. The ICO said Facebook had let a “serious breach” of the law take place.
The ICO said Facebook had given app developers access to people’s data “without clear consent”.
In July, the ICO notified the social network that it intended to issue the maximum fine.
In a statement the ICO said: “Between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by allowing appliction developers access to their information without sufficiently clear and informed consent, and allowing access even if users had not downloaded the app, but were simply ‘friends’ with people who had.”
“Facebook also failed to keep the personal information secure because it failed to make suitable checks on apps and developers using its platform.”
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