The Federal Trade Commission said the penalty was the largest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers' privacy and one of the largest penalties ever assessed by the US government for any violation.
The Federal Trade Commission initiated the investigation after a scandal involving former British consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which was accused of illegally accessing data of more than 87 million Facebook users without their prior knowledge.
The government got Rs 65 crore by selling data of approximately 25 crore vehicle registrations and 15 crore driving licences. However, is selling this data legal? Is the data actually ‘public’? Isn't it intrusion on privacy?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that they plan to build Facebook the way WhatsApp has been developed, focused on the most fundamental and private use case - messaging - making it as secure as possible.
Now that Facebook has proven how easy it is to make money out of other people’s digital poop, all companies private and government should take a leaf out of Zucker’s Book On Suckers and try putting out all employee data out for sale.
If the SC has rescued Muslim women from the tyranny of instant talaq, it is still a triple whammy for them because they continue to contend with the personal law board and then the universal Indian misogyny.