4 June 2020

Facebook fined $9 million in Canada

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After incurring billions of dollars in fines from international regulators over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook faces yet another penalty – albeit a much smaller one – over ‘false’ data privacy claims. reports citing foreign media that Canada’s Competition Bureau says Facebook mishandled user information by giving the impression that users could control who could see and access their personal information when using privacy features. The penalty? CAD 9 million CAD (USD 6.5 million USD/EUR 5.9 million).

“Facebook did not limit the sharing of users’ personal information with some third-party developers in a way that was consistent with the company’s privacy claims,” the Bureau said.

Facebook also allegedly let third parties, including advertisers and developers, access personal information of users’ friends by connecting to other apps via the social network. Despite allegedly scrapping this practice years ago, the Bureau says it found evidence that it continued into 2018 with some companies doing business with Facebook.

2020.05.21 / 18:32
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