Facebook data harvesting methods have come under scrutiny again. The tech giant has now faced another privacy violation fine in Europe. The Spanish data protection regulator, AEPD is the enforcer this time. It has issued a fine of 1.2 Million Euros against series of privacy violations. Facebook has always been allegedly crossing lines when it comes to privacy of its users. It provides users with plenty of privacy options within the platform to protect against stalkers. But your data is allegedly being used by the company itself.
APED investigated into how the social media platform collects, stores and use data for advertising purposes. It found a major part of Facebook operations happened without consent of the user. There were two serious and another critical violation of data protection law. The fine sanction breaks into 300,000 Euros for minor violations and 600000 Euros for the major one. Processing sensitive information without user’s consent is classified as serious offence under Spanish DP law.
APED found the largest social media platform collects data on sex, religion, spirituality, personal tastes, ideology and navigation directly or through activity from third party websites. In its judgment, Facebook never informed the user clearly about use and purpose of their data. The usage of web browsing cookies is again found to be violating privacy laws. The users are never informed how the information will be processed through cookies, when they use third party websites.
The regulator reported Facebook never delete harvested data even after using it. It never deletes web browsing habits of the user. Even when a user explicitly request for deletion of data, the company never does that. Any social network should delete information in full, when a user deletes accounts and request complete deletion of his data. Facebook do not adhere to the ethics in regards to data retention.