A sports organization said on Thursday that it is filing a legal action against Facebook in the UK, accusing it of “illegal use of one million user data” for the American social network.

“Facebook You Owe Us” said that the case was related to user data and that Facebook allowed Facebook to be mined by the parent company of the now-defunct British political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.

Critics allege that the information was used to shake voters in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s accession to the European Union.

Alvin Carpio, a human rights activist who led the legal action, said: “When we use Facebook, we want our personal data to be used responsibly, transparently and legally.”

“We rightly expect… Facebook will not open the door for third parties to abuse our data.

“Because of failing to protect our personal information from misuse, we believe that Facebook violated the law. We will do our best to hold Facebook accountable.”

The focus of the group action is to use the data collected using the “thisisyourdigitallife” app hosted by Facebook.

It was found that the data of 87 million people worldwide was extracted from the application and used for political advertising.

The British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) last year fined the social media giant a £5 million (approximately Rs 5 crore) for its role in the scandal.

“The ICO investigation found that between 2007 and 2014, Facebook allowed app developers to access their information without full, clear and informed consent, and allowed access even if the user did not download the app, just’and those who have People become friends.”

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But the ICO report earlier this month stated that it found no evidence that Cambridge Analytica misused data related to US users to influence the Brexit vote.

Facebook told AFP that it has not received any documents regarding the legal claim.


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