Facebook Data Breach, UK Users ‘could get £12,500 each’ In Compensation

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You heard about the Cambridge Analytica crew? They breached your Facebook and harvested your information, well now, as with all things these day’s Facebook users in the UK may be entitled to up to £12,500 in compensation if their data was harvested.

If every user whose privacy was breached received a £12,500 payout it could amount to £625 billion, double Facebook’s total £317 billion worth, law professor Maureen Mapp believes.

Facebook has been under immense pressure since it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica allegedly collected the data of more than 50 million users. #DeleteFacebook has been trending on Twitter since and the Cambridge Analytica CEO has since been suspended.

“There are about 50 million users whose data was harvested,” she told the Sun. “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.”

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

He said: “I think a much more realistic figure is £500 per claimant.

“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.”

So if you want to claim, you will have to show that you have suffered stress, not an issue for nation who can prove whiplash at every turn.

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