The Facebook has been accused of exposing the personal data of 311 billion users in Australia, something that is revealed during the scandal of the Cambridge Analytics: the company is being handled by the OAIC (Office of the Commissioner of the Australian Information), which is the state related to the privacy. The penalty is a maximum of 529 billion australian dollars or approximately R$ 1.7 billion.
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The lawsuit alleges that the personal information of australian users on Facebook have been collected by a personality test-This-is-Your-Digital-Life will be given for any other purposes — in this case, in the company Cambridge Analytics to use the data for the direction of the posts, and policy makers.
Angelene Falk, the commissioner of the australian Information said in a statement: “we affirm that these actions have left the personal data of some of the 311.127 australian users of Facebook are exposed to be sold and used for purposes that include profile-makers, well beyond the expectations of the users.
It is worth noting that the case did not affect just the person who made the test of the person thisisyourdigitallife, which has been available from march of 2014 through may of 2015. At the time, Facebook allowed applications to access the data of the friends of the user. “Most of them don’t have installed the app, and that your personal information has been disclosed to it by the use of the app with your friends,” the statement said.
Fine, the Facebook can be as high as US$ 350 billion
A Federal Court may impose a penalty on a civil of up to 1.7 million australian dollars, for each and every breach is serious and/or repeated in detail. Multiplied by the number of users, this will result in a fine not more than 529 billion australian dollars, or roughly US$ 350 billion a year.
However, a spokesman for the OAIC explained in the Australian Financial Review that it’s up to the Justice to decide whether any violation of the privacy it justifies with a fine of US$ 1.7 million, or if the whole scandal is the equivalent of a single violation, or, if there is a middle ground between these scenarios.
In a press release, your Facebook says that you can’t comment on the case, as it is now before the Federal Court”. The company, however, reminds us that it has made “major changes in the us, in consultation with the regulators and international, in order to restrict the information that is available to the application developer to implement new protocols for governance, and to create the controls that will help people protect and manage their data.”
In the past year, Facebook has led to a fine of a record$ 5 billion in the U.S., from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The data from the 87 million users around the world have been exposed by Cambridge’s Analytics; the british company has ended its activities.