Facebook will not pay compensation for Cambridge Analytica case

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Facebook has said it will not compensate users in the scandal over the misuse of their personal data by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

The company made the statement in a list of written replies to questions by European Union politicians.

The answers were promised after testimony earlier this week by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in Brussels had left EU politicians frustrated about a lack of responses.

Mark Zuckerberg leaves the EU Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday
Mark Zuckerberg leaves the EU Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP)

EU politicians said that would make Facebook liable for compensation towards EU users.

Facebook said the misuse of data was a “breach of trust” but noted that no bank account or credit card details had been shared.

And it said there was no evidence EU user data had been involved.

Facebook has said previously that it first learned of the breach of privacy more than two years ago, but had not mentioned it publicly until when the scandal broke in March.

The data was originally pulled together by an app, called This Is Your Digital Life, created by researcher Aleksandr Kogan.

He paid about 270,000 people to take part in it.

Up to 87 million people may have had data harvested by the app, which was then acquired by Cambridge Analytica, according to Facebook.

It is unclear how many of the users were in Europe.

Facebook said it is conducting a “forensic audit of Cambridge Analytica”.

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