Facebook fined by French authorities for unfair tracking

Facebook has been fined by the French authorities due to the unfair tracking of its users.
They have been fined €150,000 (£128,000) by the French data protection watchdog, CNIL.

Facebook has already been criticised by the European authorities over their use of data. Both Spanish and German regulators have spent two years tracking the social networking site on how they collect and use customers data.

The Dutch regulator has also condemned the company for its use its targeted advertising on sensitive preferences such as sexual orientation, however, they did not fine them because they had made changes. Nevertheless, they may still impose sanctions.

CNIL said that Facebook collected and compiled user data “without having a legal basis” and “without obtaining their explicit consent”. They also mentioned that Facebook was able to track websites that users were visiting after they left Facebook, which is unclear to users.

When the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, companies can be fined up to 4% of their own revenue which would mean that Facebook would have to pay around $1.1bn (£850m).

Facebook said: “We take note of the CNIL’s decision with which we respectfully disagree. 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,”

“Facebook has long complied with EU data protection law through our establishment in Ireland. We remain open to continuing to work on these issues with the CNIL, as we prepare for the EU’s new data protection regulations in 2018.”


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