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Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham launched a probe after it emerged an internet personality quiz was able to gather the data of up to 87 million Facebook users, by accessing not only the details of people taking the test who gave their consent, but that of their "Facebook friends", who had not agreed.

The office is charged with protecting the privacy of United Kingdom citizens and it "concluded that Facebook contravened the law by failing to safeguard people's information" and "found that the company failed to be transparent about how people's data was harvested by others".

The penalty and resulting fine only comprise a small portion of the ICO's report, which initially was undertaken to investigate the misuse of data during the UK's European Union referendum (AKA, Brexit). "We're reviewing the report and will respond to the ICO soon".

The accusations made by the Commissioner's office pertain to not protecting user data properly and not making clear how the user data was shared with others, according to The Washington Post. The data allegedly helped the Trump campaign target political advertising more accurately by giving them insight into what American Facebook users liked and disliked.

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Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by Donald Trump in 2016, has denied its work on the US president's successful election campaign made use of data.

Facebook is facing a record £500,000 fine for twice breaching the Data Protection Act.

International Monetary Fund said in a statement late Tuesday it was seeking "compensation for Facebook users arising from Facebook's alleged breaches of the Australian Privacy Principles contained in the Privacy Act 1988". "It also found that the company failed to be transparent about how people's data was harvested by others".

The watchdog also announced plans to a bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica's defunct parent company SCL Elections.

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In Facebook's case this would amount to around US$1.6 billion (€1.4 billion).

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's total compensation was worth $25.2 million in 2017-including $21.1 million in Facebook stock and the $2.7 million spent on personal security.

Finally, in a hugely optimistic bid, Denham has called for an "ethical pause" to allow lawmakers, regulators, political parties, online platforms and the public "to reflect on their responsibilities in the era of big data before there is a greater expansion in the use of new technologies". The region's competition chief said the social media company had provided misleading information about its privacy promises during its 2014 acquisition of the messenger app WhatsApp.

Collins said Wednesday that the social media giant "should now make the results of their internal investigations known to the ICO, our committee and other relevant investigatory authorities".

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