SYDNEY, (xinhua) — The Australian privacy regulator, in a lawsuit brought against Facebook Inc, accusing the social media giant to share personal information of more than 300,000 people, by a political consultant, Cambridge, Analytica, without their knowledge.
FILE PHOTO: A Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile device, in this figure, the 6 of January by the year 2020. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration
In the Federal Court action, the Australian Information Commissioner has accused Facebook of violating privacy laws by disclosing 311,127 users’ information is used for political profiling, a survey of product – ‘Your Digital Life’ on her web site.
The design of the Facebook platform, meaning that users will not be able to exercise reasonable choice in and control over what happens to their personal information,” Information Commissioner Angelene Falk, said in a statement.
The suit sought unspecified damages adding that any violation of the law, it would result in a maximum fine of$1.7 million ($1.1 million). The penalty would be the amount of the$529 billion, and if the court is of the maximum value for each of the 311,127 ones.
A representative of Facebook in Australia, was not immediately available for comment.
This past July, Facebook was fined a record $5 billion as a result of the united states Federal Trade Commission, following a probe that is activated by the same user, a personality quiz of 2014 and into 2015.
All up, Facebook was accused of inappropriate sharing of information, which are 87 million registered users worldwide, the survey instrument of the now-defunct British company, Cambridge Analytica. Consulting services for the customers of the US President, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
In the first few months after Trump’s election, the Cambridge Analytica is a registered business in Australia, but it never was going to be working for an Australian political party. In the Australian case, the Information Commissioner, said that Facebook does not know the exact nature of the information that will be shared with the Cambridge Analytica’s “Your Digital Life” program, but that’s not to take reasonable steps to protect the personal information of its users.
“As a result of the damage to Australian’s personal information, which is exposed to the risk of disclosure, to be exploited and used for political profiling purposes,” the court said.
“These offenses amounted to a serious or repeated interference with the privacy of the Australian person,” it added.
Reporting by Byron Kaye; Editing by Himani sarkar and Michael Perry