Facebook lawsuit: Users could get £12.5k EACH over Cambridge Analytica data breach | Daily Star

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Brits could get £12,500 EACH from Facebook over massive data breach
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COSTLY MISTAKE: Facebook could end up paying out billions of pounds in compensation
FACEBOOK could have to pay Brits up to £12,500 each in compensation following its privacy blunder, it has been revealed.

By Nicholas Bieber
00.03, 29 Mar 2018 UPDATED 00.03, 30 Mar 2018

The social media site’s massive data breach could now see it hit with a whopping £625million lawsuit to pay out to 50 million users.

The shock revelation from the UK’s top legal experts come after it emerged data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly harvested personal information from Facebook profiles.

It reportedly used the data, without permission, to build a system that could target voters in the US election with personalised political adverts based on their profile.

Revealing how Brits could sue Facebook, law professor Dr Maureen Mapp told The Sun: “There are about 50 million Facebook users whose data was harvested.

“Assuming each one of them brought a claim for compensation for distress caused by the data breach…each individual may be awarded £12,500 as damages.

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“In total, the amount that could be awarded by the courts could amount to £625billion – 50 million multiplied by £12,500.”

The Birmingham University Law School professer’s figure comes from a 2015 legal case, where six Brits who were phone-hacked by the Mirror newspaper received £12,500 each – simply because they felt distressed.

If Facebook really was sued for the bank-breaking £625billion, it would devastate the firm as it is only worth £317billion.

But David Barda, a data protection lawyer for Slater and Gordon, thinks the amount would be a lot less.

“I think a much more realistic figure is £500 per claimant,” he said.

“The amount of compensation will depend on the level of distress suffered, but Facebook could be facing claims of up to £500 per Facebook user if those users were able to demonstrate their distress.”

Anyone who wanted to sue Facebook would have to do so under the UK’s Data Protection Act and prove that the breach had caused them distress.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a grovelling public apology over the data scandal in an advert in the backs of several newspapers.

It says the harvesting of millions of profiles’ data in 2014 “was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time.”

It adds: “Thank you for believing in this community. I promise to do better for you.”

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