Spanish watchdog fines Facebook €1.2m

Spanish watchdog fines Facebook €1.2m
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU: The personal data was collected without consent Photo credit Pixabay

THE Spanish Data Protection Agency said on Monday that it has slapped Facebook with a fine of €1.2 million for failing to prevent its users’ data being accessed by advertisers.

Facebook has collected personal data from its users in Spain without obtaining their “unequivocal consent” and without informing them how such information would be used, the agency said in a statement.

“Facebook collects data on ideology, sex, religious beliefs, personal tastes or navigation without clearly informing about the use and purpose that it will give them,” the statement said.

The agency said Facebook’s privacy policy “contains generic and unclear terms” and it “does not adequately collect the consent of either its users or nonusers, which constitutes a serious infringement” of data protection rules.

The agency said Facebook did not remove the personal data which it collects from its data base even when a user requests this.

It said it fined the company €600,000 for a very serious violation of the country’s data protection rules and €300,000 each for two serious violations.

The total fine is small in the context of the company which posted advertising revenues of €7.8 billion in the second quarter, mainly from mobile video ad sales.

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