Data protection watchdog of France fined Facebook Inc. €150,000. Additionally, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain launched an investigation against the social networking company.
The countries investigate Facebook for violating data privacy around the tracking of users and non-users and the use of user data for advertising.
C.N.I.L. fined Facebook
These actions are part of a European approach which involves five data protection authorities having also decided to carry out investigations (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Hamburg) on FACEBOOK.
The investigations conducted by the CNIL have revealed several failures. In particular it has been observed that FACEBOOK proceeded to a massive compilation of personal data of Internet users in order to display targeted advertising. It has also been noticed that FACEBOOK collected data on browsing activity of internet users on third-party websites, via the “datr” cookie, without their knowledge.
Considering the failures stated, the Chair of the CNIL issued, the 26 January 2016, a formal notice to FACEBOOK Inc. and FACEBOOK Ireland to comply within three months with the French Data Protection Act. The formal notice was renewed once at the request of FACEBOOK.
Considering unsatisfactory responses provided by both companies to the formal notice, the Chair decided to appoint a rapporteur in order to refer the matter to the Restricted Committee of the CNIL with a view to deciding a sanction.
The fine follows a deadline given to Facebook by the French watchdog last year to stop tracking non-users’ web activity without their consent, and an order to stop some transfers of personal data to the US.”
On the other hand, Facebook told Reuters, “At Facebook, putting people in control of their privacy is at the heart of everything we do. Over recent years, we’ve simplified our policies further to help people understand how we use information to make Facebook better,”