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Facebook fined £500,000 for data breaches in Cambridge Analytica scandal

United Kingdom’s data protection authority ICO fined Facebook with maximum penalty of £500,000 for lack of transparency and failing to protect users’ information.

Because of the timing of the breaches, the ICO said it was unable to levy the penalties introduced by the European General Data Protection (GDPR), which caps fines at the higher level of €20m (£17m) or 4% of global turnover – in Facebook’s case, $1.9bn (£1.4bn). The £500,000 cap was set by the Data Protection Act 1998.

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Surge in GDPR Complaints Experienced by EU-based Regulators

Following the introduction of the European Unions’ General Data Protection Regulation on May 25 this year a surge in the number of complaints to regulators has been felt across Europe, reflecting the public awareness and interest in the new legislation.

https://www.compliancejunction.com/surge-in-gdpr-complaints-experienced-by-eu-based-regulators/

‘Data is a fingerprint’: why you aren’t as anonymous as you think online

So-called ‘anonymous’ data can be easily used to identify everything from our medical records to purchase histories, researchers claim.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/13/anonymous-browsing-data-medical-records-identity-privacy

Post-GDPR, How Many Will Really Opt Out Of Personal Targeting?

If stricter opt-in dialogues make mass opt-outs more likely, how might that affect the functioning of user ID or third-party data? Ultimately, we now live in an opt-in world, but the dust has yet to fully settle. When it does, the public’s love or hate of targeting may yet play a bigger role in ad tech’s future.

https://adexchanger.com/data-driven-thinking/post-gdpr-how-many-will-really-opt-out-of-personal-targeting/

Why Do We Care So Much About Privacy?

The danger of data collection by online companies is not that they will use it to try to sell you stuff. The danger is that that information can so easily fall into the hands of parties whose motives are much less benign.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/06/18/why-do-we-care-so-much-about-privacy

Who Controls a Facebook Page?

Days after the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has entered into force, data protection and social networks are in the news again: Last Tuesday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has decided that the administrator of a Facebook page is jointly responsible, along with Facebook itself, for processing personal data of Facebook users and persons visiting the page hosted on Facebook via web tracking.

https://verfassungsblog.de/who-controls-a-facebook-page/

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