A Spanish Watchdog Penalizes Facebook Inc with 1.2 Million Euros

A Spanish watchdog penalizes Facebook Inc with 1

Facebook Inc- the most popular social networking platform has been penalized with $1.4 million for gathering personal information from users in Spain. The social networking website can use the personal information for advertising, the data protection watchdog in Spain mentioned on 11th September 2017. According to the Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), which is Spanish Agency of data protection, the penalization stemmed from a detailed investigation of Facebook and conducted similar probes mainly in the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Belgium. The fine amounting to 1.2 million euros is a small fraction of the company’s quarterly revenue that amounts up to $8 billion with the stock market capitalization amounting roughly to $435 billion.

AEPD quoted that, they found three major cases on Facebook, which gathered details and personal information such as the gender, browsing history, personal tastes, and religious beliefs of millions of Facebook users in Spain without informing users about how their personal information will be used. The social networking giant did not respond immediately to a mail sent to it requesting its comments on the issue. According to the AEPD, the company did not adequately inform users about how it is planning to use the information gathered on any third-party website and failed to attain consent to utilize the information.

In a precise statement, the authority mentioned that “the privacy policy document of Facebook contains unclear and generic terms. The tech giant makes use of specifically protected information for advertising as well as other purposes, without gaining its user’s consent as demanded by the data protection law. This is a serious violation.” With the help of cookies, Facebook also gathers information from people not having an account on the social networking website but tend to navigate various other pages that contain a “like” button, AEPD added.

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