The Canadian competition policeman on Tuesday announced the imposition of a fine of 9.5 million Canadian dollars (6.2 million euros) on Facebook for providing “false or misleading” information about the protection privacy of citizens.
An investigation had “concluded that the company had given false or misleading representations about the protection of the personal information of Canadians on Facebook and Messenger,” the Competition Bureau said in a statement. As part of a settlement reached before the Competition Tribunal, Facebook has agreed to rectify the situation, in particular concerning the actual measures that users can take to limit access to their accounts.
A practice officially banned in 2015, still practiced in 2018
The Competition Bureau criticized Facebook for not limiting the sharing of personal information of its users with certain third-party developers “in a manner consistent” with its own privacy statements, between August 2012 and June 2018. ” This personal information included, but is not limited to content that users posted to Facebook, messages that users exchanged on Messenger, and other information about identifiable users.“, Specified the organization.
” Facebook also allowed certain third-party developers to access the personal information of users’ friends after they installed certain third-party applications.“, Added the Competition Bureau.
Although Facebook officially indicated that it had banned this practice on April 30, 2015, it continued until 2018 with certain third-party developers, the Competition Bureau said. In February, another Canadian federal agency, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, asked a federal court to find Facebook guilty of violating Canadian laws on the protection of the privacy of citizens.