Italian DPA fines Facebook

2. July 2019

The Italian Data Protection Authority Garante (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali) fined Facebook due to the Cambridge Analytica Scandal of 2015 which was discovered in 2018. The Cambridge Analytica Scandal is connected to the presidential campaign of the current president of the USA Donald Trump.

The Garante has imposed a fine of EUR 1.000.000 for abusing the use of data of more than 200.000 Italian Facebook users and their facebook friends. According to the Garante the abused data has not been transferred to Cambridge Analytica which was also confirmed by a facebook spokesman.  Nevertheless, the high fine was imposed.

The fine is still based on the old Italian Data Protection law, beacuse at the time of the abusive use the GDPR, which now applies throughout Europe, was not yet in force.

Facebook has to answer to the scandal not only in Italy. Legal consequences are also looming in the USA.