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Australia: Data leaked of more than three lakh people, case filed against Facebook

A new lawsuit has been filed in Australia in the Cambridge Analytica case on Facebook. The Australian privacy regulator has filed a case in federal court.

Australia’s privacy regulator has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for sharing personal information of more than three million people with political advisory company Cambridge Analytica without their knowledge.
Australian Information Commissioner Angeline Falk has accused federal court of breaking the privacy law by revealing information from 3,11,127 users on a survey ‘This is Your Digital Life’ on Facebook to find political trends on its website.

He said, the design of this platform of Facebook was intended to make users unable to exercise reasonable choice and control their personal information.

Each violation of the privacy law in this lawsuit could carry a maximum fine of 1.7 million Australian dollars (US $ 1.1 million). If the court imposed a maximum penalty for each of 3,11,127 cases, the fine would amount to 529 billion Australian dollars.

The US Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook a record $ 5 billion last July, following an investigation initiated from 2014 to 2015 due to a similar user personality quiz survey.

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