U.K. to fine FB over data breach

Britain’s data regulator said on Wednesday that it will fine Facebook half a million pounds for failing to protect user data, as part of its investigation into whether personal information was misused ahead of the Brexit referendum.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) began investigating the social media giant earlier this year when evidence emerged that an app had been used to harvest the data of tens of millions of Facebook users worldwide.

The report said: “[F]acebook contravened the law by failing to safeguard people’s information.”

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