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Italy slaps $ 1.1 million fine on Facebook after Cambridge Analtica data leak


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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

It seems that Facebook continues to suffer from the consequences of its indulgence in dealing with data users of social platform and leaking, where the company has recently received a new slap after the Italian user control and protection system imposed a fine of 1.1 million dollars on the US company, on leaking scandal of Cambridge Analtica.

The value of the fine was determined according to the Italian Privacy and Data Protection Act, after Cambridge Analtica data leak, which was in effect at the time of the breach of the social platform, but at the same time the value of the fine imposed on Facebook is very small compared to the European law. The new, which may reach the fine to more than one billion with a company the size of Facebook.

For its part, the official spokesman of the platform said that the company has taken many measures and safety measures following the leaks of Cambridge Analtica, most notably by identifying information and data that may reach the developers of third-party applications, and the company invested more in the field of protecting the privacy of the user by using new technologies and Partnerships with competent authorities in this field.

2018-2019 is a bad time for Facebook when it is constantly involved in the legal round, recently the risk of facing a bill of billions of dollars from FTC.

Read also: Apple blocks application used by Facebook to collect user data

Facebook was negotiating to resolve the problem of leaking user data over the past time with the FTC (US Federal Trade Commission) and if negotiations failed, the world’s largest social network may face a fine of up to billions of US dollars.

Previously, we have heard that the number of fines still holds a record of 22.5 million dollars. That’s the amount that Google has to pay, but now it is very likely that Facebook will be fined thousands of times this figure.

Specifically, in 2011 Facebook committed to the FTC about privacy and user data sharing for third parties. Then, in March 2018, FTC opened an investigation into the social network company.

Read also: Trump threatens to sue Google and Facebook for bias

Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

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