Facebook has once again been fined for privacy violations in Europe, this time in Spain. The Spanish data protection Authority (AEPD) charged the social network of breaking privacy rules on multiple counts for using people’s personal data for advertising purposes. It has fined Facebook $1.4 million.
The AEPD said that Facebook collects users’ personal data related to their religious beliefs, sex and personal tastes without mentioning what it will do with this information.
The agency blamed the social network for not taking proper consent from users. It also said that the company violated laws by not deleting data that was no longer useful for the reasons it was collected.
However, Facebook said in a statement that AEPD claims are wrong that the social network showed people ads based on sensitive personal data. It cleared that the ad targeting was done when people show interest in a certain content.
It is to clear that the EU law refers to ‘any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person’ as ‘Personal data’. This means that a person ‘likes’ will also come under personal data.
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