Facebook fined for Analytica scandal
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Facebook fined for Analytica scandal

The chairman of Britain's Parliament's media committee has said the government office that investigated the Cambridge Analytica scandal has fined Facebook 500,000 pounds ($663,000) for failing to safeguard users' data.

Damian Collins said the Information Commissioner's Office concluded that Facebook 'contravened the law by failing to safeguard people's information.' He said the company 'should now make the results of their internal investigations known to the ICO, our committee and other relevant investigatory authorities.'

Facebook has been under scrutiny ever since allegations surfaced that the London-based political consultancy group, Cambridge Analytica, used data from tens of millions of Facebook accounts to help the US President, Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign. The alleged offences took place before the rollout of new European Union data protection laws that allow for much larger fines.