Facebook fined 150000 euros by French data watchdog2017-05-16 15:24 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, privacy
Facebook has been fined €150,000 ($166,000) by France's data protection watchdog CNIL, for not protecting private information from advertisers.
Facebook breached French privacy laws by tracking and using the personal data of 33 million users, as well as non-users who browse the internet. The social network gathered such information without users permission.
"We take note of the CNIL's decision with which we respectfully disagree," Facebook said in a statement. "At Facebook, putting people in control of their privacy is at the heart of everything we do. Over recent years, we've simplified our policies further to help people understand how we use information to make Facebook better."
The relatively small fine won't hurt the social media company, which brought in $8 billion in revenue last quarter, but Facebook does face the risk of increasing penalties as the continent-wide investigation continues.
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