Facebook is one of the largest social media websites. In 2014, it purchased WhatsApp and became a conglomerate. From the last few weeks, the company is in the news either because of WhatsApp or due to itself breaking the laws. Facebook has a special data securing policy which changes from time to time. After acquiring WhatsApp, Facebook revised its policy of data security. On Tuesday, Facebook is fined €150K by France data protection Watchdogs. This is due to its breaking the data protection laws. They have alleged that the social media website is using data for targeted advertising. Facebook tracks a user’s data while he/she browses the internet.
Belgium, Netherland, Germany and Spain are also investigating the same issue. The watchdogs in these countries are also reviewing the security policy of this largest app since 2014. All these watchdogs have made a group and have issued a contact number to investigate the matter. They also have observed that Facebook has collected the data through cookies. The data is collected during users’ browsing the third-party websites.
Last year, the French watchdog warned Facebook not to track users’ data without their permission. It also asked the social media peer to stop the transfer of users’ personal data to the US. Due to disobedience, French watchdogs have fined Facebook.
In a defense statement, Facebook says that it disagrees with the policies of CNIL. It always stresses on the privacy of users’ data. The company says that its simple policies help people to understand this usage of personal data. It further says that the personal data is always used to improve the Facebook. Facebook says that only Irish Data Protection Authority is competent to check all these issues.
The action taken by the French watchdog is the one that will be accepted by the alliance. The Belgian Privacy Commission is also reviewing this use of data by Facebook. Netherland also has issues regarding the data protection of its 9.6 million people. Italy had already fined the company $3.3 million last week.