Facebook fined $1.4 million fine for misusing personal information

Facebook fined of 1.2 million Euros ($1.4 million) by Spain for collecting the personal information of users after it was informed by a national data protection authority Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD).

Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) said that Facebook is using the personal information of the users for advertising and other purposes without letting them know.

According to reports, Facebook didn’t inform its users about the collection of data and is using their information without legal and explicit consent.

According to the AEPD investigation, Facebook fined of $ 1.4 million because it uses cookies to collect not only personal information of users but also those who may not even use or have an account on the social network but access other pages using a ‘Like’ button.

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Facebook tracks all the activities and is being collected by the third party, but the users didn’t have any idea how that information is collected.The people who may not have a Facebook account aren’t safe either.

In a statement from the AEPD, it shed light on Facebook’s vague privacy policy.

Facebook’s privacy policy contains generic and unclear terms. The social network uses specifically protected data for advertising, among other purposes, without obtaining users’ express consent as data protection law demands, a serious infringement”

Furthermore, AEPD said that Facebook is storing user’s data for more than 17 months even after the user deletes her profile or deactivated his account.

AEPD also said it found three cases where Facebook gathered protected information of the user such as the gender, religious beliefs and browsing the history of its millions of users without telling and informing them how such information will be collected.

Facebook fined of $ 1.4 million but Facebook has not yet released a public statement on the allegation and the fine from Spain.