Australia is Taking Facebook to Federal Court
In 2018, Facebook went under legal fire over the ‘Cambridge Analytica breach.’ The marketing firm collected data through a ‘personality quiz’’ application that had special permission to access your Facebook data. The application not only had permission to the user’s data, but to the data of the user’s entire friend network, leading to approximately 87 million Facebook users affected. Facebook was fined 500,000 pounds in the UK, and a record breaking 5 billion dollar fine from the US Federal Trade Commision.
On the 9th of March, Australia threw its hat in the ring, asking the federal court to fine Facebook for contravening the Privacy Act, and affecting more than 300,000 Australians. Joining us now is Dr Kayleen Manwaring from the University of New South Wales.