Facebook to Be Fined $5 Billion in Cambridge Analytica Privacy Scandal

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a settlement with Facebook that will see the social media giant hit with a roughly $5 billion fine over the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    The scandal revolved around data firm Cambridge Analytica, which improperly collected information on tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent to create targeted political advertisements during the 2016 campaign.

    The data collection came through an app called "This Is Your Digital Life," which requested that Facebook users complete a survey for academic use. In reality, the app's permissions allowed it to collect personal information on not just the Facebook users who took the survey but also their friends.

    Facebook revamped its privacy practices in the wake of the scandal, but the company still faced investigations by regulators over multiple security lapses and marked a significant moment in efforts to raise awareness about digital privacy.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook called the Cambridge Analytica situation "dire" and has on multiple occasions called for increased regulation to protect user privacy.

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    Article Link: Facebook to Be Fined $5 Billion in Cambridge Analytica Privacy Scandal
  2. kingpushup macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2013
  3. Agit21 macrumors regular

    Mar 9, 2016
    Good news. FB needs to die in the long run.
    Hate to be on insta, but I try to use it rarely.
  4. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Apple should have opened iCloud photos so that it becomes a built-in Facebook competitor. It also needs to be faster to download/sync photos.

    Also, they should have "away messages" for people's contacts lists, like the old AOL IM.
  5. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    so tens of millions of FB users got their privacy robbed and then the Govt pockets $5 Billion because of it
  6. Will do good macrumors 6502a

    Will do good

    Mar 24, 2010
    Add another zero to the fine and maybe FB will take notice.
  7. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
  8. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    Meanwhile Equifax essentially gets a pat on the back.
  9. alex00100 macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2011
    Moscow, Russia
    That’s... not a lot of money for a company this size.
  10. calstanford macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2014
    Hong Kong
    That **** company deserves to have another 0 behind that settlement sum for a nice round 50 Billion.
  11. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    But be assured that the govt will make sure that this can happen again. Whether by law or rolling back regulation, there is no way that this new source of income for the govt will be going anywhere anytime soon
  12. Val-kyrie macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2005
    And those whose privacy was violated will receive what?
  13. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    social media has become so pervasive to our culture that it won't die until something new comes along. same with twitter and Instagram. although that something might not be a single network. it might be time to have services that are more focused than one or two trying to be everything for everyone.
  14. johnnyrb macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2009
    Sadly, most people believe everything they read on the Internet.
  15. Jakewilk macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2014
    That’s your government
  16. DrJohnnyN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    FB will never die.
  17. SirithX macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2007
    San Francisco
    Seriously, FB gets fined but Equifax does not?

    Cambridge Analytica: 87M people affected: FB profile data, likes, interests taken
    Equifax: 143M people affected: Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, driver’s license numbers taken


    Be careful what you wish for. The decline of today's progressive tech giants could very well mean the rise of foreign, authoritarian companies beholden to their countries' interests rather than the US's. The US may crack down on US tech monopolies but you can bet that China will only keep encouraging their own.
  18. bpeeps macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2011
    This is not a new source of income for the government. Most govt agency fines go straight into the treasury and they have for decades.
  19. imola.zhp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2010
    Mud Island (Memphis), TN
    How many billion did Cambridge slide under the table to Facebook? If it was more than 5B then FB did pretty well.
  20. jimbobb24 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2005
    Facebook and Google worked closely with the Obama and Hillary campaigns. I think they should get fined 5 billion for each event. Focusing on the 2016 Trump campaign is a myopic approach to the political involvement of these organizations.
  21. alex00100 macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2011
    Moscow, Russia
    Just for everyone's information, Zuck's personal wealth is around 70 billion. Really gives a new perspective on how much these 5 billion are for the whole company.
  22. rodpascoe macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2006
    Truro, Cornwall
    So tens of thousands of people should lose their jobs and millions of people like myself who like and use Facebook should suffer because you don’t like it? Makes sense.
  23. 78Bandit macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2009
    As far as Facebook is concerned that is just the cost of doing business. They had to have known the users' data was being accessed inappropriately but chose to look the other way because they decided the potential fine was less than the revenue they would get. For us old fogies, it's like back in the day when Ford decided to not fix the Pinto because they determined losses from wrongful death settlements would be less than the cost to recall the cars. Business will almost always make the decision that most benefits the bottom line no matter what the ethical issues.
  24. apolloa, Jul 12, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2019

    apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Great, I’m so glad they are going to hit them where it hurts, that means 15 billion as they have to make three times the money to have 5 billion.
  25. Mike MA macrumors 68020

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Will this open up some more people’s eyes? I hope but I doubt...

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