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Facebook fined R18mil for collecting user data in Spain


Social media giant Facebook, has been fined a whopping 1.2 million Euros (R18.5 million) for collecting users’ data in Spain without revealing what the data would be used for.

According to a report in Politico, the Spanish government’s data protection authority found three cases during which Facebook collected data on millions of people and filed to inform users how it would be used.

Spain said Facebook’s privacy policy contains generic and unclear terms and that the company does not adequately collect the consent of either its users or nonusers, which constitutes a serious infringement.

In a reply to US tech site, The Next Web, Facebook said it took note of the authority’s decision, but respectfully disagreed with it:

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Whilst [sic] we value the opportunities we’ve had to engage with the DPA to reinforce how seriously we take the privacy of people who use Facebook, we intend to appeal this decision.

“As we made clear to the DPA, users choose which information they want to add to their profile and share with others, such as their religion. However, we do not use this information to target adverts to people.”

“Facebook has long complied with EU data protection law through our establishment in Ireland. We remain open to continuing to discuss these issues with the DPA, whilst we work with our lead regulator the Irish Data Protection Commissioner as we prepare for the EU’s new data protection regulation in 2018.

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