Which? response to Facebook fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Products and Services, said:
“Facebook is being rightly punished for the mishandling of over a million people’s personal data in the UK. However, it is still too difficult for individuals to get redress when their data is compromised.
“Going forward, fines for this type of data breach could be stratospheric, which should serve as a severe warning to other companies that it is unacceptable for them to be reckless with our data. However, the Government should also empower independent organsations to pursue collective redress on behalf of affected consumers when this happens.”
    • This fine is the maximum that could have been issued for a data breach that occurred before GDPR. In future, fines could be as high as 20 million euros or 4% of annual global turnover.
  • If you become aware that an organisation has lost your personal data, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. For more information, visit: https://www.which.co.uk/databreach