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Facebook Fined EUR 7 Million Over Improper Data Use by Italian Watchdog

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  • It fined Facebook EUR 5 million (roughly Rs. 44 crores) in 2018
  • Users should be put in a position to decide whether data should be used
  • The current fine is for not complying with a request by the regulator

Watchdog stated on Wednesday that it had fined Facebook of  EUR 7 million that is around Rs 61 crores for not complying with a request by the regulator to correct improper commercial practices in the group’s treatment of user data. Facebook was not immediately available for comment. In November 2018, the antitrust body ruled that Facebook had not informed users properly about its collection and use of data.

It fined the US company EUR 5 million (roughly Rs. 44 crores) and asked it to publish an amended statement on the homepage of its website for Italy, on the Facebook app and on the personal page of each registered Italian user.

Facebook Fined EUR 7 Million Over Improper Data Use by Italian Watchdog

Facebook has also fallen under scanner over concerns related to WhatsApp’s new terms of policy which includes two new key updates – WhatsApp’s service and how it processes the data of the users; how businesses use Facebook hosted services to store and manage their WhatsApp chats; and how it partners with Facebook to offer integrations across Facebook’s products. Many privacy activists condemned Facebook-owned WhatsApp’s move to shut users out if they don’t agree with its new privacy policy.

It fined the US company 5 million euros (USD5.5 million) and asked it to publish an amended statement on the homepage of its website for Italy, on the Facebook app and on the personal page of each registered Italian user.

”The current investigation has proved that …(the company has) not published the amended statement and has not stopped the established unfair practice,” the regulator said in its statement.

Given the economic value of the data for Facebook, it said users should be put in a position to decide whether it should be used.

($1 = 0.8282 euros)

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