U.K. agency hits Facebook with fine over Cambridge Analytica scandal

The British Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed its maximum fine against Facebook for letting political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on President Trump’s campaign, mine data on millions of people without their consent.

The fine of 500,000 pounds (roughly $660,000) is a pittance to a giant company like Facebook, which hauls in billions of dollars in revenue every year, but it marks the first financial penalty against the social media company since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.

The British agency, which enforces the country’s data-protection laws, is investigating all misuse of personal data by political campaigns since May 2017.

The revelations surrounding the improper collection of data on up to 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica focused greater attention on the investigation.

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