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Another privacy-related fine for Facebook in Europe: The Spanish data protection regulator has issued a EUR1. 2M (~$ 1.4 M) punishment against the social media behemoth for a series of violations seeing its data-harvesting activities.

Spain’s AEPD said an investigation into how Facebook rallies, places and uses data for advertising intents obtained it is doing so without obtaining suitable user consent.

It says it related two serious infringements and one very serious infringement of data protection statute — with the full amounts of the sanction breaking down to EUR3 00,000 for each of the first breaches and EUR6 00,000 for the second.

The regulator witnessed Facebook collects data on ideology, copulation, religious beliefs, personal appetites and sailing — either directly, through users’ employ of its services or from third party pages — without, in this judgment, “clearly informing the user about its implementation and purpose”.

Not procuring express consent of users to manage feelings personal data is classified as a extremely serious offense under local DP law.

Facebook’s use of network browsing cookies was also found in violation of privacy constitutions, with the regulator saying it approved consumers are not informed that their intelligence will be treated through the implementation of its cookies when they are browsing non-Facebook pages that contain Facebook’s’ Like’ button social plug in — noting that while others are for the purposes of this data is declared as being for push, other consume is “secret”, i.e. not disclosed by the company.

“This situation too occurs when consumers are not members of the social network but had already been inspected one of its sheets, as well as when useds who are registered on Facebook browse through third party sheets, even without entering on to Facebook. In these cases, the platform contributes the information collected in said pages to the one associated with your accounting in the social network. Hence, the AEPD considered to be the information provided by Facebook to customers does not comply with data protection regulations, ” it noted.

The regulator is too discontented that Facebook does not delete harvested data once it has finished use it — saying it had been able to verify Facebook does not delete web browsing wonts data, but in fact “retains and reuses it afterward associated with the same user”.

It likewise determined this to be true even when the company had been explicitly requested to delete data by a user.

“Regarding data retention, when a social network used has deleted his account and seeks the deletion of the information, Facebook captivates and treats info for more than 17 months through a deleted accounting cookie. Hence, the AEPD considered to be the personal data of the subscribers are not canceled in full or when they are no longer handy for the following objectives for which they were collected or when the user explicitly requests their removal, according to the requirements of the LOPD[ local data protection principle ], which represents a serious infringement, ” it said.

The AEPR, which mentioned it liaised with other DPAs — in Belgium, France, Germany( Hamburg) and the Netherlands, which too have their own separate investigations into these issues, kick-started following Facebook’s 2015 T& Cs change — said Facebook’s existing privacy plan was guessed to contain “generic and unclear terms”, and to “inaccurately” refer to the use it will realise of the data it collects.

The regulator asserted that a Facebook user “with an average knowledge of the new technologies does not become aware of the collect of data , nor of their storage and subsequent management , nor of what they will be used”.

It too emphasizes the fact that unregistered Internet useds would not be unaware that the social network obtains their browsing data — something that has already got Facebook into trouble with other European DPAs.

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