Facebook will spend a history $5bn penalty to settle privacy interests, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced.
The social network obliged to build an autonomous privacy committee that Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will not have authority over.
The FTC had been investigating charges federal consultancy Cambridge Analytica poorly captured the data of up to 87 million Facebook users.
The inquiry then extended to cover other subjects such as facial recognition.
The $5bn penalty is considered to be the highest ever inflicted on any company for disrupting consumers’ privacy.
“Despite echoed obligations to its billions of users globally that they could master how their personal information is yielded, Facebook impaired consumers’ preferences,” said FTC Chairman Joe Simons.
He continued that the huge penalty was composed “to change Facebook’s complete privacy raising to limit the possibility of continued breaches”.
Facebook’s economic issues published on Wednesday did not indicate any progress by consumers to overlook the network protecting privacy interests. It declared monthly active users had grown 8% in the next quarter. Revenues, typically advertising sales, raised by 28%, surpassing analysts’ estimates.
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The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection started reviewing Facebook in March 2018 later it was disclosed that personal data was illegally collected from an online personality quiz and sold to Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm.
There were consequent calls the data may have been applied to try and determine the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum.
However, only 270,000 individuals conducted the quiz, whistleblower Christopher Wylie affirms that the information of some 50 million users, largely in the US, was collected without their unambiguous consent via their friend networks.