Australia vs Facebook as Privacy commissioner launches Federal Court action

One of many actions against Facebook as the Cambridge Analytica fallout continues to rain down…:

Australian Information and Privacy commissioner Angelene Falk has lodged proceedings against Facebook in the Federal Court, after it was revealed in early 2018 that over 311,000 Australians were caught up in the improper use of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica.

The commissioner is alleging Facebook committed serious and/or repeated interferences with privacy, in contravention of the Privacy Act 1988.

Falk alleges that from March 2014 to May 2015, 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. This is in breach of Australian Privacy Principle 6.

“Most of those users did not install the app themselves, and their personal information was disclosed via their friends’ use of the app,” the statement of claim [PDF] explains.

The statement of claim also alleges that Facebook did not take reasonable steps during this period to protect its users’ personal information from unauthorised disclosure, in breach of Australian Privacy Principle 11.


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