German Privacy Watchdog Derails Facebook’s Damage Control

German Privacy Watchdog Derails Facebook’s Damage Control

It was reported last Friday that Hamburg’s Data Protection Commissioner, Johannes Caspar, had reportedly filed a non-compliance procedure against Facebook in relation to the alleged data abuse involving Cambridge Analytica.

The case could potentially penalize Facebook up to $370,000, which is said to be an insignificant amount to the social network who earned around $40 billion last year. Caspar’s spokesman Martin Schemm says that they will first wait on Facebook’s statement before the hearings are started.

However, the case is seen to be a warning shot ahead of EU’s new data privacy rules where penalties could go up to 4% of worldwide revenues for serious violations.

Source: Reuters

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