Personal data: Facebook must postpone the launch of its dating app in Europe

by bold-lichterman

Facebook is postponing the launch in Europe of its dating application, after the Irish regulator on Monday conducted an inspection of the premises of the social network in Dublin (Ireland), a spokesperson for the American giant announced Thursday.

We are taking a little longer to make sure the product is ready for the European market ”, a Facebook spokesperson said. The American group wants to ensure that its new application does not pose a problem regarding the processing of personal data. In a statement Wednesday evening, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) explains that it carried out an inspection of Facebook’s offices in Dublin on Monday and collected documents.

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A spokesperson for the DPC told AFP that this was his first such inspection targeting a large tech company since the implementation in the EU in May 2018 of the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR ). With Facebook’s European headquarters located in Ireland, it is up to the Irish regulator to enforce the GDPR on behalf of the EU. The DPC explains that it was contacted by Facebook on its dating application project for the first time on Monday, February 3. “We were very concerned that this was the first time that Facebook had told us about it, given that they intended to launch it (…) on February 13”, just before Valentine’s Day, underlines the regulator.

The latter specifies that no information or documentation had been provided to him on February 3 on data protection compliance, which led him to inspect the Irish offices of Facebook. The social network has already gradually launched this dating application in the Americas and Southeast Asia in 2019. The new functionality already counts ” among the first online dating services », welcomed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the end of January, adding that he expected her “Continues to grow”.