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Facebook could have faced $1.6 billion fine under new General Data Protection Regulation

Yesterday (10 July 2018) the UK Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, published a progress report in relation to her office’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns. This investigation has focussed on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said it intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998. This is the maximum fine that can be imposed under that legislation. However, the position could have been much worse for Facebook.

The dangers of using Facebook

In a recent employment case, a teacher posted what she believed to be a throwaway comment on Facebook. In an on-line chat with a colleague, she said that “class 8G1 are just as bad as 8G2 LOL (laugh out loud)”. Although the teacher didn’t mention the names of any pupils or the school she worked…

Pregnancy related dismissals

Pregnant women and women on maternity leave have rights in the workplace including the right not to be dismissed or made redundant because of their pregnancy or maternity leave. If a woman is dismissed or selected for redundancy where the only reason or the main reason for her dismissal or selection is related to pregnancy…

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