Tag Archives: Facebook

Spanish DPA fines Facebook €1.2 million for data protection infringements

The Spanish Data Protection Authority (AEPD) has imposed a fine of €1.2 million against Facebook following its investigation into whether Facebook’s data processing activities were in accordance with the Spanish Data Protection Act (Law 15/1999) (the Act). In its decision, the AEPD concluded that Facebook had committed serious breaches of the Act, as discussed further … Continue Reading

Facebook Implements Additional Measures to Prevent Discriminatory Practices in Targeted Advertisements

Responding to news reports that journalists were able to purchase advertising on Facebook targeted to ethnic groups, Facebook announced several new changes to the company’s advertising products. The move highlights heightened scrutiny of advertising practices surrounding the increasing use of big data in many aspects of marketing and advertising. Facebook’s response grew out of a … Continue Reading

By jointly tackling Facebook, French regulators set an example to large international digital media companies – First prominent enforcement measure after the Safe Harbor invalidation

On February 8 and 9, 2016, the French Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Prevention of Fraud (the ‘DGCCRF’) and the French Data Protection Authority (the ‘CNIL’), through an obviously concerted action, have publicised regulatory enforcement measures they are undertaking against Facebook. The DGCCRF is requiring Facebook to re-write its Terms and Conditions on the … Continue Reading

Has Facebook been evil? It’s down to the regulators to decide

In June, Facebook came under public scrutiny after it was revealed that the company carried out research in 2012 that manipulated the News Feeds of 689,000 users. Several regulators are now poised to investigate Facebook’s conduct. The study exposed users to a large amount of either positive or negative comments in order to observe the … Continue Reading

Court Ruling Reinforces The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ On Social Media Sites

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The "right to be forgotten" is a hot topic of discussion in the context of imminent EU Data Protection Reform. Article 17 of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation will give data subjects the “right of erasure” to request that data controllers delete any personal data relating … Continue Reading

Facebook profiles can be used to predict undisclosed sensitive information

New research from the University of Cambridge shows that information disclosed on Facebook profiles can be used to accurately predict a range of undisclosed sensitive personal data, including sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious and political views, age, and gender. The research, which involved a study of the Facebook “Likes” of about 58,000 volunteers, found that highly sensitive … Continue Reading

You’ve Been Served… Through Facebook?

This post was also written by Keri S. Bruce. Courts and legislators alike have begun to give a person’s social media presence a new kind of legitimacy. We are seeing an upward trend towards allowing service of process in a lawsuit through communications on social media websites, like Facebook, where there is some reliability that … Continue Reading

The Privacy Battle Continues between Germany’s ULD and Facebook

One more chapter to the never ending story of the protagonist Facebook and ULD, the data protection authority of Schleswig-Holstein, has been written. Last week, a German administrative court decided that contrary to ULD’s official order, Facebook cannot be forced to permit the use of pseudonyms for its users. While the ULD was sure that … Continue Reading

Is the New Facebook Settlement About Privacy? Or, Revenge of the Prosser Torts.

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. Recently, Facebook announced a proposed settlement of a national class action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Fraley, et al. v. Facebook, Inc., 5:11-cv-01726. This settlement has been described by some as settlement of a “privacy lawsuit.” See, e.g., “Facebook to Settle Privacy … Continue Reading