France fined Facebook for spying on users


The social network must pay 150 thousand euros for breaching a series of rules


The French internet supervisor fined € 150,000 to Facebook for failing to comply with a set of rules, and in particular to follow the Internet’s route even without consent, and for the mass treatment of data for advertising purposes without saying it clearly.

The National Commission of Informatics and Freedoms (CNIL) indicated that Facebook “proceeded to the massive combination of personal data” to use them for advertising purposes and to be able to select the message addressed to each one.

He explained that his research revealed that the social network used a “cookie” (“datr”) to keep track of Internet users – even those who did not have an account with it – without their consent.

In addition, what Facebook says about that mechanism “does not allow Internet users to be clearly informed and understand that their data are collected systematically when browsing” on other websites that contain a module of the social network.

So that this procedure of using the “cookie” “datr” is “disloyal in the absence of clear and precise information,” he said.

The CNIL had launched an investigation with the authorities of four other European countries (Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and the State of Hamburg, Germany) after Facebook announced in 2015 that it was modifying its data usage policy.

The US Internet giant and its European subsidiary (domiciled in Ireland) said, “From the moment that Facebook indicates that Internet users have to decide through the parameters of their browser, they are validly prevented from opposing the action of cookies”

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