The Brazilian Ministry of Justice announced a $ 1.6 million fine for Facebook on Monday. It follows an investigation into the Cambridge Analytica case which was launched in April 2018.
Facebook should have been “much more careful”
In a statement, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice said:
It is obvious that the data of approximately 443,000 users of the platform were made available by the developers of the “thisisyourdigitallife” application for at least questionable reasons …
The statement also said that companies cannot prove that fewer users have been affected. The ministry told businesses it needs to “pay much more attention” to how user data is shared. He added that Facebook had not informed users of the meaning of their privacy settings. “The consent model adopted has had important implications for those to whom their data has been exposed,” he said.
Facebook can still appeal the decision. Responding, a spokesperson for the company in Brazil said Bloomberg News:
There is no evidence that data from Brazilian users has been transferred to Cambridge Analytica. We are currently evaluating our legal options in this case.