Australia has filed a lawsuit against the world’s largest social network, over alleged user privacy violations, for over half-a-trillion dollars…
The fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal that plagued Facebook. Although the public embarrassment happened years ago, it’s continuing to cause trouble for the world’s most-used social network. Now, the government of Australia is taking legal action against Facebook for as much as $529 billion.
Australian Government Sues Facebook for $529 Billion
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has filed a suit in the Australian Federal Court, naming Facebook as a defendant, for allegedly violating the country’s 1988 Privacy Act.
The lawsuit claims the digital corporation violated the privacy of approximately 311,127 Australians by disclosing their personal information to the This is Your Digital Life app between March 2014 and May 2015. The developers behind said app sold the personal information of its users to Cambridge Analytica, which used the data to target people through political profiling.
Each alleged violation can result in a maximum penalty of $1.7 million. Multiplied by the number of cases, 311,127, it balloons to an incredible $529 billion, which is almost 33 percent of the country’s annual gross domestic product of $1.32 trillion.
Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner Angelene Falk writes in a press release:
“The Australian Information Commissioner has lodged proceedings against Facebook in the Federal Court, alleging the social media platform has committed serious and/or repeated interferences with privacy in contravention of Australian privacy law.
The Commissioner alleges that the personal information of Australian Facebook users was disclosed to the This is Your Digital Life app for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was collected, in breach of the Privacy Act 1988.”