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Facebook faces maximum fine from UK data watchdog

Compared to how bad it could have been, they got off easy.

The Information Commissioner's Office, a data watchdog in the UK, has slapped the maximum fine they can give onto Facebook for that whole Cambridge Analytica scandal a few months ago.

What it means: The ICO's responsibility is to make sure people don't violate the terms of the Data Protection Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and a few other similar laws relating to data and use of information.

They've fined Facebook £500,000 for breaching its own rules by not making sure Cambridge Analytica deleted the data it held on users without their consent, and not explaining properly to users exactly how that data was being used.

They're also investigating whether the Vote Leave campaign misused data in similar ways, something more and more people have been saying lately.

Facebook got lucky: a new EU law which came in on May 25 would have seen them get fined 4% of global annual sales, which would have been a lot more than £500,000 – but the law only applies to violations committed from that date onwards, and Facebook's been misbehaving loooong before then – which ironically means they're facing a much lower fine than they otherwise would have been.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?