Facebook Gets Slap on the Wrist From 2 European Privacy Regulators

Posted in: Surveillance & Privacy at 17/05/2017 18:07

Facebook suffered a setback on Tuesday over how it uses the reams of information it collects about users worldwide, after two European privacy watchdogs said that the social network’s practices broke their countries’ data protection rules.

The announcement by Dutch and French authorities was part of a growing pushback across the European Union about how Facebook collects data on the bloc’s roughly 500 million residents. Some European governments, notably in Germany, are considering hefty fines against the company and other social media giants if they fail to crack down on hate speech and misinformation on their networks.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/technology/facebook-privacy-france-netherlands.html

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Facebook has been fined €110m (£94m) by the EU for providing misleading information about its 2014 takeover of WhatsApp.

The European commission said it had imposed a “proportionate” fine on the technology company to send a clear signal that all firms must comply with EU competition rules.
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/may/18/facebook-fined-eu-whatsapp-european-commission

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