Facebook seems to be Defensive After a Massive fine of £500,000
Richard Allen, Facebook policy director in Europe on Wednesday quibbled on Channel 4 News on Wednesday about whether the organization would pay a £500,000 punishment for overstepping UK data protection laws. Allen, an existence peer and long-term lobbyist for Facebook, declined to concur that the organization had broken any law and facebook seems to be defensive now.
That is after the UK’s security guard dog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), said Facebook had violated the law when it failed to ensure users data in the Cambridge Analytica Scandal. It said it intended to fine Facebook a large portion of a million pounds, the most extreme punishment.
Allen revealed to Channel 4 News that, “We acknowledge that there are things that we fouled up and we’ve apologized to our clients for that.”
“There’s a distinct argument about whether the legal evaluation and the fines are right, whether that is the correct method to manage it. That doesn’t mean we don’t acknowledge we did things wrong and it doesn’t mean we don’t admire the Information Commissioner’s Office and that we’ve worked intimately with it.”
The ICO’s examination is continuous and fixates on an application created by the scholarly Aleksandr Kogan which collected data from 87 million Facebook clients, and then handover that data to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
The ICO said it was diving into whether Cambridge Analytica and its associates utilized Facebook information to control voters in the UK’s Brexit choice and the US presidential race in 2016.
The guard dog will make its last report in October. Meanwhile, Facebook can react to its interval report and it can even now challenge both the fine and the discoveries.