Spanish privacy guard dog charges Facebook fine of 1.2 million euros

Sep

11

2017

Facebook submits data from social network users for advertising purposes without their explicit permission, concludes the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos. According to the service, Facebook collects data about gender, religion, personal preferences and click behavior through its services and those of third parties without clearly informing users about the purpose.

The Agency states that there are two serious and one very serious infringement of the Data Protection Act and Facebook imposes a total fine of 1.2 million euros. For the serious infringements, the fine is estimated at 300,000 euros in both cases. The very serious violation, which for lack of consent, resulted in a fine of 600,000 euros.

The privacy watchdog signifies that Facebook collects data through the third-party lane button, that non-Facebook users retrieve data and that the service of people who are members but not logged in also keeps track of browsing behavior data . In addition, Facebook does not delete data if the data is no longer required for the purpose for which they were collected or if users request it, thus noted the privacy authority.

The AEPD collaborated with the privacy authorities of the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Belgian and French authorities came to similar conclusions as the Spanish agency. The Dutch Personal Data Authority also found that Facebook violated the law but has not yet decided to impose penalties.

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