Britain fines Facebook $645,000 over data protection breaches

Britain’s data protection watchdog says it has fined Facebook £500,000 ($645,000) for “serious breaches of data protection law’’ in connection with the Cambridge Analytical scandal.

The Information Commissioner’s Office said the fine followed an investigation that found Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly.

“ By also allowing application developers access to their information without sufficiently clear and informed consent,’’ the office.

It said Facebook also “failed to keep the personal information secure,” leading to one developer harvesting data that was partially shared with firms, including SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company.

The watchdog said it applied the maximum fine possible “after considering representations” from Facebook.

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