EU may fine political groups misusing personal data to skew elections

    Date27 Aug 2018
    CategoryLatest News
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    The European Union is determined to prevent a Cambridge Analytica-style scandal where politicians misuse personal data for strategic gains. The Financial Times has learned of a European Commission draft amendment that would fine political organizations if they benefit from surreptitious personal data gathering. The details are reportedly still in flux, but the penalty would represent about 5 percent of a political party's yearly budget -- not necessarily fatal to a campaign by itself, but it would stack on top of GDPR-related fines. The measure could still change before it's finished, and it would have to both clear a vote in European Parliament and receive approval from individual EU member states.
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