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The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has leveled a $1.6 million fine on Facebook, after finding that data from almost half a million app users was shared with developers of “thisisyourdigitallife.”
Data harvested by “thisisyourdigitallife” in the form of a voluntary user personality test was shared with Cambridge Analytica, the political consultancy firm charged with influencing the 2016 US presidential election. Earlier this month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued a unanimous ruling that the now-defunct company had used ‘false and deceptive tactics’ to harvest user information, which was then used to train algorithms for targeted political advertising.
Facebook has said around 100 app developers may have been able to obtain user data from groups on the social network, despite making changes to what third parties can see following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The firm has admitted some retained access to information such as names and profile pictures in connection with group activity.
A “historic” agreement on sharing data will “dramatically speed up” investigations into criminals’ online activity, the Home Secretary has said.
Priti Patel and US attorney general William Barr signed the arrangement – the first of its kind – on Thursday evening when she visited Washington DC, the Home Office said.
Ms Patel said: “Terrorists and paedophiles continue to exploit the internet to spread their messages of hate, plan attacks on our citizens and target the most vulnerable.
Despite it being over a year since GDPR was introduced, more than half of UK businesses are failing to comply with the legislation, a new report suggests.
The survey of 250 UK GDPR decision makers, conducted on behalf of data security firm Egress, found that 52 percent of businesses are not fully compliant with the regulation, which came into force in May 2018.
Facial recognition has not been in use around the King’s Cross area of London since March 2018, the site’s developers have claimed.
Usage of the controversial technology has been under the spotlight after UK data and privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it had launched an investigation last month.