Facebook Faces Large Fine Over Privacy Breaches in France

FBvsFrance400x320copyFacebook was issued a $165,616 fine after a French watchdog group accused the company’s privacy policy of violating French law.  While this fine is not going to put a dent in Facebook’s assets, the decision could force Facebook to change the way it operates.
According to the French watchdog group, Facebook allegedly compiles personal data without giving users the opportunity to object and allegedly collects data on users’ browsing activity on other websites, without the users’ knowledge, in contravention to French law.

Facebook is also facing other challenges in Europe.  For example, Germany is considering new laws that would require social media platforms such as Facebook to remove hate speech and fake news within 24 hours.  This could eventually pave the way for stricter laws governing social media companies in the United States.






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