Australia’s privacy regulator sues Facebook over data breach

Australia’s privacy regulator sues Facebook over data breach

- Australian Information Commission has sued Facebook for sharing personal details of over 300,000 users without their knowledge and permission

- The personal details were allegedly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a political consultant

- The suit could lead to the payment of damages to the tune of $349,362,180,000 if the court awards the maximum compensation

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Social media company, Facebook Inc, has been sued by Australia’s privacy regulator for possible breach of data of users.

According to the regulator, Facebook shared personal details of users with Cambridge Analytica, a political consultant, without their knowledge and permission.

The Australian Information Commission went on to say that Facebook breached privacy laws by revealing details of 311,127 users.

The commissioner, Angelene Falk, explained that Facebook possesses a platform that is designed to prevent users from determining how their personal information was shared.

The suit is seeking unspecified damages and each breach of privacy law could result in a maximum penalty of $1.1 million.

The fine would, therefore, amount to $349,362,180,000 if the court awards the maximum compensation for each of the 311,127 cases.

Facebook’s representatives were not immediately available for comment, Reuters.com reports.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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