Facebook is said to face legal action in the UK for ‘illegal’ data use

Facebook is said to face legal action in the UK for ‘illegal’ data use

A campaign group said Thursday that it was taking legal action against Facebook in Britain for what it said was the “illegal use of data from one million users” by the US social network.

“Facebook You Owe Us” said the case revolves around user data that Facebook allowed to be undermined by the parent company of the now-defunct British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Critics alleged that the information was used to influence voters in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union.

“When we use Facebook, we expect our personal data to be used in a responsible, transparent and legal manner,” said Alvin Carpio, a human rights activist leading the legal action.

“We rightly hope that … Facebook will not leave the door open for third parties to abuse our data.

“By failing to protect our personal information from abuse, we believe Facebook broke the law. We will fight to hold Facebook accountable.”

The group action focuses on the data collected about those who use the application “thisisyourdigitallife”, hosted on Facebook.

The data of 87 million people around the world was found to be pulled from the app and used for political advertising.

Last year, Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined the social media giant GBP 5,00,000 (roughly Rs. 5 crore) for its role in the scandal.

“The ICO investigation found that between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed users’ personal information unfairly by allowing application developers to access their information without sufficiently clear and informed consent, and by allowing access even if users had not downloaded the app, but simply ‘friends with people who did,’ the report said.

But the ICO reported earlier this month that it had found no evidence that Cambridge Analytica had misused data to influence the Brexit referendum as it pertains to American users.

Facebook told AFP that it had not received any documents about the legal claim.


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