12 Sep Spain Slaps Facebook with €1.2M Fine Over Privacy Violations
A €1.2M or about $1.4 million dollar fine has been handed to Facebook by the Spanish data protection regulator after a series of violations were found in the social media giant’s data-harvesting process.
According to the AEPD of Spain, an investigation launched on Facebook’s processes for harvesting, storing, and using customer data revealed that no adequate user consent was obtained. The use of web browsing cookies has also been tagged as a privacy law violation.
The regulator reports that Facebook has failed to properly inform the users on how their information will be used and for what purpose. Inability to get expressed user consent is a grave offence under local data protection laws.
Source: Tech Crunch