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24 October 2018

The ICO sure is sounding angry.

The ICO has fined Facebook £500,000 for serious breaches of data protection. It's only the second time the ICO ever issues such a big fine. The other time being the huge security breach from Equifax.

The enforcement notice also suggests the ICO would have liked to have fined more "the Commissioner considers that the amount of £500,000 is not excessive: indeed, but for the statutory limitation of the amount of the monetary penalty, it would have been reasonable and proportionate to impose a higher penalty."

Facebook's global 2017 revenue was £41,000 million, so this fine is 0.001%. Compared with the future GDPR threat being up to 4%, or £1,640 million!

The ICO is looking at Facebook Ireland and US to pay the bill, rather than the UK company. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

It was decided that Facebook (Ireland and US), as Data Controllers, breached the Data Protection Act 1998 in:

The ICO investigation highlighted:

The ICO also referenced legal cases across Europe, to help justify their actions - the CJEU in Google Spain v AEPD (2014) and Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland in CG v Facebook Limited and McCloskey (2016)

We think they could have done with data protection advisory services from DataGRC and the Data Sentinel online Data Protection training, Records Management and Compliance Assessment tools.

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