As legal expert warns of £625 billion lawsuit.
If your data was harvested as part of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica fiasco you could be in line for compensation, according to a legal expert.
In an interview with CNN last week, Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook were planning on building a tool that allows users to check whether their data was affected by the leak.
Now, law professor Maureen Map is saying that the company should also be expecting a rather hefty lawsuit.
Speaking to The Sun, Dr. Map said users could be entitled to damages that could run into thousands: “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.”
However, data protection lawyer, David Barda said if an amount were to be awarded it was more likely to be in the three figure range as opposed to four.
“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.”
Of course, anyone who went ahead with suing the social media giant would have to do so under the Data Protection Act, and would have to prove how the data leak had caused them distress.
Cambridge Analytica is currently being investigated by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.
Written by: Laura Raphael
29th March 2018