Facebook has been fined by Canada’s competition authority for not guaranteeing the privacy it promised its users. The Competition Bureau concluded that the company made “false or misleading allegations about the privacy of personal information” and therefore decided to fine it $ 9 million (about $ 36 million). Canada).
According to the authorities, Facebook hinted that users can control who will view their personal data. However, from August 2012 to June 2018, the company did not prevent this information from being shared with some developers. Therefore, even if the user limits access to his friends, strangers can still see the Messenger posts and messages.
The investigation also found that the developers had access to information from the friends of the users who gave permission to an app. This broad access enabled Cambridge Analytica to gather records from 87 million people. Facebook says it has banned the activity, but Canadian officials say it will continue at least until 2018.
Canada’s Competition Act prohibits companies from making false claims about a product or service, including how information is collected and how it is used. In addition to the fine, Facebook will pay 500,000 Canadian Dollars (C $ 2 million) for the costs of the investigation.
The company told Reuters the person disagrees with the decision, but has decided to comply to end this action. “We are addressing this issue with a consent agreement without challenging the conclusions for the purposes of that agreement,” the statement said.
Remember, this isn’t the first time Facebook has penalized it for improper use of user data. In 2019, due to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the US fined the company $ 5 billion, one of the highest amounts ever set by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).