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Facebook fined $166000 for breach of French privacy laws

Facebook Fined by French Privacy Watchdog Over Data Facebook fined €150000 by French data watchdog
Jeanne Townsend | 18 May, 2017, 16:33

Facebook has been fined €150,000 by France's CNIL data watchdog for failure to prevent its users' data from being accessed by advertisers.

Facebook said in an emailed statement "While we respectfully disagree with the CNIL's findings, we value the opportunities we've had to engage with the CNIL and reinforce how seriously we take the privacy of people who use Facebook".

It insisted that "putting people in control of their privacy is at the heart of everything we do". The Dutch DPA has also found that the Facebook Group uses sensitive personal data from users without their explicit consent.

In response to CNIL's fine, Facebook said it "has long complied with European Union data protection law through our establishment in Ireland". "Last week, Facebook's messaging service WhatsApp was fined €3m by Italian authorities for sharing data with its parent company". The Belgian Privacy Commission is renewing its recommendations over Facebook's tracking of users and non-users through cookies, social plug-ins and pixels, for which it is seeking judicial enforcement in October. Facebook tracks a user's data while browsing the internet.

This fine may seen measly when compared to the social media's recent quarterly revenue of 8.01 billion.

"As a result, the restricted committee has made a decision to pronounce a public sanction of 150,000 euros against Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland", the watchdog said in a statement. The company also faces two Spanish investigations and lawsuits in Germany and Belgium.

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Those concerns were echoed by the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

Facebook has claimed that it is not subject to Dutch law as its European head office is in Ireland, meaning only the Irish data protection regulator can judge the social network's practices.

"Facebook proceeded to a massive compilation of personal data of Internet users in order to display targeted advertising".

At that time, the company launched its Privacy Basics initiative to address ongoing criticism about the vagueness of its rules and make more clear what content could and couldn't be viewed by other users.

A new European Union data protection law is set to enter into force in 2018, which could see companies get fined up to 4 percent of their global turnover if they fall foul of the new regulation.

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