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Italian Regulators Fine Facebook 10 Million Euros For Selling User Data: Report

Italian regulators impose a 10 million euro fine on Facebook for discouraging users from trying to limit how the company shares their data.

Italian Regulators Fine Facebook 10 Million Euros For Selling User Data: Report
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Italian Regulators Fine Facebook 10 Million Euros For Selling User Data: Report
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2018-12-08T13:29:02+05:30

Italian regulators imposed two fines totalling 10 million euros for misleading their users and selling their data in discretion.

The competition watchdog handed Facebook the fines for discouraging users from trying to limit how the company shares their data, Italian portal The Local reported on Saturday.

"Facebook misleadingly gets people to sign up... without informing them in an immediate and adequate way of how the data they will provide will be harvested for commercial purposes", read a statement from Italy's AGCM consumer and market watchdog.

The authority has directed Facebook to publish an apology to users on its website and on its app.

Reacting to this, a Facebook spokesperson said they are reviewing the authority's decision.

"We hope to work with them to resolve their concerns. This year we made our terms and policies clearer to help people understand how we use data and how our business works," the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

"We also made our privacy settings easier to find and use, and we're continuing to improve them. You own and control your personal information on Facebook," the statement said.

Facebook Italy recently agreed to "make a payment of more than 100 million euros" to end a fiscal fraud dispute with Italian authorities.

Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC), which is Facebook's lead privacy regulator in Europe, in October opened a formal investigation into the fresh Facebook data breach which affected 50 million users, that could result in a fine of $1.63 billion.

"The investigation will examine Facebook's compliance with its obligation under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security and safeguarding of the personal data it processes," said DPC.

Earlier this week, internal Facebook documents released by a UK parliamentary committee offer the clearest evidence yet that the social network has used its enormous trove of user data as a competitive weapon, often in ways designed to keep its users in the dark.

The parliament's media committee accused Facebook on Wednesday of cutting special deals with some app developers to give them more access to data, while icing out others that it viewed as potential rivals.

In other documents, company executives discussed ways to obfuscate how the company was collecting and exploiting user data.

(With Agency Inputs)

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