The Federal Court of Australia has rejected an appeal by Facebook to dismiss proceedings lodged by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner alleging violations of the Privacy Act 1988. Facebook was objecting to a prior ruling in September 2020 that allowed OAIC's claims to proceed, saying it did not do business or collect data in Australia. Facebook's appeal over Cambridge Analytica data was rejected, and the company was deemed "divorced from reality" for claiming that it neither conducts business nor collects personal information in the country. The disputed allegations focus on potential unlawful personal data disclosures by Facebook to Cambridge Analytica via third-party application sharing.
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