Facebook has to change its privacy protections within three months. Else, it could face heavy sanctions in France.
The Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL), which is a data protection authority in France, has issued the social networking site a formal notice on Monday. The notice included that the social networking site must update its practices in collecting data users in the next three months.
According to CNIL:
The Chair of the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) issued formal notice to FACEBOOK to fairly collect data concerning the browsing activity of Internet users who do not have a FACEBOOK account. FACEBOOK must also provide account holders with the means to object to the compiling of their data for advertising purposes.
The investigation started in March 2015 and has identified ways that the social media site violates the privacy of its users under French Law. The infractions were outlined in a press release that was issued on Monday.
In addition to that, the group has also raised concerns about the site’s way of transferring user data to the US. It’s still doing it even though the Safe Harbor Act has already been invalidated last year. The replacement Act is still being discussed.
CNIL is also concerned about the privacy of Facebook registered users. According to the group, Facebook is saving users’ data on their political and religious views. It also collects data on its users’ sexual orientation.
Facebook responded that the privacy of its users is its top priority. The company is confident that it will comply with the Data Protection Law in Europe and it’s looking forward to talking to CNIL to respond to the concerns being raised by the group.
In this information age, it’s easy for companies and individuals to gather data about you. The more you use technology, the easier it is to collect your personal information. Facebook and other networking sites don’t have to resort to illegal means to collect those data. These sites share these pieces of personal information to third parties without the consent of their users. Unfortunately, users aren’t bothered that much.
Knowledge is asset in this competitive industry. With millions of users, Facebook is in perfect position to provide third parties valuable market data for its own good. Even if Facebook will comply with the European Data Protection Law, users will still be monitored and their personal data will still be passed on without their actual consent. It’s a sad fact.