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Facebook and the EU: a compliance failure or skirting around the truth?

Paul Hodgson | May 31, 2017

With its third fine of the week in Europe, Facebook’s record of complying with EU data and merger regulations is not looking good.  With the third fine, it appears that not only did the social networking company fail to comply with merger regulations, it also appears that it was “economical with the truth.”

The first fine came from Italy’s antitrust authority, Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato, on 11 May, when it closed two investigations about alleged infringements of Italy’s Consumer Code by WhatsApp. The authority fined WhatsApp €3 million for allegedly forcing users to share their personal data with its parent, Facebook.

Then, on 16 May, France’s Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) fined Facebook €150,000 over six infringements of the French Data Protection Act; an act it had been ordered to comply with within three months of January this year. The decision follows the work carried out in collaboration with the data...

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