Brazil fines Facebook $1.6 million for improper sharing of user data


FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of a Facebook logo, March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Ministry Of Justice said on Monday it has fined U.S. tech giant Facebook Inc 6.6 million-real ($1.64 million) for improperly sharing user data.

In a statement, the ministry said the fine is the first ever applied to Facebook in Brazil and is related to the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica in 2018. Facebook did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Writing by Gabriela Mello; editing by Louise Heavens

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