Facebook Fined €1.2 Million in Spain

Facebook Fined €1.2 Million in Spain

Facebook was fined €1.2 million Monday by Spain’s data protection watchdog for breaking the country’s privacy rules, the latest in a series of legal problems that have beset the social networking giant in recent years.

As part of its ruling, the Spanish data protection authority said that it found three instances in which Facebook had collected personal data on its millions of users in the European country without informing them how such information would be used.

The agency, which has been conducting a lengthy investigation into Facebook alongside counterparts in France, Germany, Belgian and the Netherlands, also said that the tech giant had not sufficiently informed users about how the company would use data that had been collected on third-party websites.

“Facebook’s privacy policy contains generic and unclear terms,” the authority said in a statement. “The agency considers that Facebook does not adequately collect the consent of either its users or nonusers, which constitutes a serious infringement.”

The social network was not immediately available to comment.

Source: Politico