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September 12, 2017

Facebook Hit With $1.4M Fine in Spain for Data Collection

Facebook has been slapped with yet another fine for allegedly collecting the data of its users.

The social networking firm is under fire in Spain for collecting, storing and using data without telling Spanish members of its platform how the information might be used.

The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) on Monday ruled Facebook three times had breached the country’s Data Protection Law and levied a $1.4-million fine against the social media company. The AEPD accused Facebook not only of collecting data such as gender, religion, ideology, personal tastes and browsing history without consent, but using it for advertising purposes.

The AEPD said Facebook collects data one of two ways: either “from the interaction carried out by users on the platform” or from third-party sites and it does so without explaining to the user “for what purpose they will use it.”


“The AEPD has also confirmed that users are not informed that their information will be processed through the use of cookies,” the agency said in a press release, adding that “when a social network user has deleted his account and requests the deletion of the information, Facebook captures and treats information for more than 17 months through a deleted account cookie.”

The agency classified the practice as a serious infringement.

The AEPD said the fine came as the result of a probe into Facebook conducted along with privacy protection agencies in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Facebook declined to comment.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.