Data cases may hit £40bn

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Data com­pany Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica could face dam­ages claims of £40bn from Face­book users whose per­sonal in­for­ma­tion was al­legedly mis­used by the firm, the High Court has heard.

Pro­fes­sor David Car­roll is su­ing the com­pany for up to £20,000 in dam­ages, un­der the Data Pro­tec­tion Act, over what his solic­i­tor de­scribed as “Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica’s mis­use of his data”.

Ravi Naik, of ITN Solic­i­tors, who rep­re­sents“nu­mer­ous oth­ers” bring­ing sim­i­lar claims against the com­pany, said, in a wit­ness state­ment pre­pared for a hear­ing in Lon­don, that Prof Car­roll “has a claim of be­tween £5,000 and £20,000 in re­spect of Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica’s mis­use of his data”.

His state­ment re­ferred to Face­book’ s own es­ti­mate that up to 87m users’ data had been har­vested by Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica.

Mr Naik added: “Even if one con­ser­va­tively uses the low­est end of the range, both in num­ber and value of each claim, and cal­cu­lates on the ba­sis of 10% of the es­ti­mated 87m af­fected Face­book users only, with claims of £5,000 each against Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica, that still im­plies a to­tal po­ten­tial claim value of £43.5bn.”

The huge po­ten­tial li­a­bil­ity emerged in in­sol­vency pro­ceed­ings in­volv­ing six com­pa­nies that traded un­der the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica name.

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