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FTC punishes Facebook with $ 5 billion



Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) imposed a fine of $ 5 billion for violating the terms of a consent decree. The settlement represents the largest fine the FTC has ever imposed on a company.

In early 201

8, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica had detailed information about millions of Facebook users. The company (through third parties) has created an app called "This Is Your Digital Life," claiming to be a personality quiz. Everyone who participated in the quiz told Cambridge Analytica information about themselves. However, they also shared information about each of their friends with the company.

Even if you never completed the quiz, your data may have passed to Cambridge Analytica. Eventually, Facebook admitted that more than 87 million users shared their data, whether or not they had taken part in the quiz.

At the time, Facebook was subject to an FTC approval decree, in which the company promised not to make any misleading promises regarding the user's privacy

This latest agreement accuses Facebook of violating the decree. While $ 5 billion is the biggest fine the FTC has ever imposed, Facebook is likely to survive relatively easily. The company had already provided $ 3 billion in anticipation of the fine and had reached three times its revenue in the last fiscal quarter. [Ars Technica]

CONNECTION: How to Check if Cambridge Analytica Has Your Facebook Information

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