The UK data protection authority Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) imposed in the scandal of the data analysis firm Cambridge Analytica, the maximum possible fine against Facebook. A total of 500,000 pounds (together 565,000 Euro) has to pay for the online network. Facebook have admitted to a “serious infringement” against the law, said the ICO.

Between 2007 and 2014 have used Facebook for personal information of its Users is unjustified, as it gives software developers access to the data, informed the office of the information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham. The users had not previously been asked for their consent. The company does not have protected personal data is sufficient, because it didn’t check the Apps on its platform are appropriate.

In the data scandal Cambridge Analytica had reached out to the developer of a survey App information from Facebook users illegally to the data analysis company. It was not only the data of some 300,000 survey participants, but also of their Facebook friends. According to the research conducted by the ICO Cambridge Analytica, had been able to gain the data of over a Million people in the UK. Cambridge Analytica later worked for the election campaign team of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Facebook misuse of the data, in December 2015, has not responded to the discovery immediately, but the parent company of the company until 2018 from its platform. Cambridge Analytica has now set the operation of the business.

in July, the office had notified the information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham, it may impose a penalty against Facebook. Now, representatives of Facebook were heard, and the sentence has been confirmed.