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The Antitrust Authority sanctions Facebook for the use of user data for commercial purposes. Fines of 10 million euros


The company's response: "Users have possession and control of the data"

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07 December 2018 Sanctions for 10 million euros for Facebook for the use of user data for commercial purposes. This was established by the Competition and Market Authority, which closed the investigation, launched in April 2018, against Facebook Ireland Ltd. and its parent company Facebook Inc. for alleged violations of the Consumer Code, imposing companies receive two penalties for a total of 10 million euros. The Authority has ascertained that Facebook, "in violation of Articles 21 and 22 of the Consumer Code, misleadingly induces consumer users to register on the Facebook platform, not informing them adequately and immediately, during the activation of the account, the activity of collection, with commercial intent, of the data they provide, and, more generally, of the remunerative purposes that underlie the provision of the social network service, emphasizing the only gratuity; in this way In this way, consumer users made a commercial decision that they would not have otherwise made (registration on the social network and permanence in the same in fact, the information provided is generic and incomplete without adequately distinguishing between the use of data necessary for personalizing the service (with the aim of facilitating socialization with other "consumer" users) and the use of data to create targeted advertising campaigns ".

Facebook: users have possession and control of data
"We are examining the Antitrust decision and hope to be able to work with them to clarify the disputed. People have possession and control of their personal information on Facebook": so a company spokesman on the fine.

"This year - added Facebook - we have made our Terms of Use and our regulations clearer, in order to help people better understand how we use data and how our business works. We have also made our settings on privacy easier to find and use and we are constantly working to improve them ", concludes the company spokesman.

Codacons: "We will evaluate compensation actions for members"
"Once again our doubts prove to be well founded, and the Antitrust Authority has fully recognized the validity of the exposed Codacons regarding the use of consumers' personal data for commercial purposes without having obtained the express consent of the users. We will now evaluate any actions compensation to be undertaken in favor of all Italian citizens registered on Facebook, whose rights have been harmed by the incorrect practices implemented by the social network ". So the president of Codacons, Carlo Rienzi, commenting on the sanction imposed by the Authority on the US company.

Source: rainews

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