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Spain Slaps Facebook with a 1.2 Million Euro Privacy Violation Fine

Three infringements - one 'very serious' - of the country's data protection law are cited by the Spanish regulatory agency.

Facebook got slapped with a 1.2 million euro fine by Spain's data and privacy enforcement agency, the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD).

The AEPD, which enforces the Organic Law on Data Protection (LOPD) regulations, claims Facebook raked up one "very serious" LOPD infringement and two "serious" infringements.

In the "very serious" case, the AEPD alleges Facebook collected privacy protected data, such as religious beliefs, sex, ideology, personal tastes, and sites visited, without clearly notifying users beforehand.

The AEPD issued the second infringement over Facebook's alleged use of cookies to process members' information when they are browsing non-Facebook pages, and when non-Facebook members come to visit the site. The information collected is then applied to that specific user's social network account, AEPD alleges. The enforcement agency also claims Facebook retains users' site navigation information beyond the period of its stated purpose.

Read more about the Facebook fine here.

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Melissa Anders,
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9/12/2017 | 9:27:57 AM
Re: Facebook-->Apple
I absolutely agree with you.
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RyanSepe,
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9/12/2017 | 7:35:06 AM
Facebook-->Apple
Facebook needs to take a lesson from Apple and everytime a function is changed to gather more data, hit the user with an agreement page during sign-in. Especially if they intend to apply this functionality without user input.
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