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European Privacy Regulators Take Coordinated Action Against Facebook 53

An anonymous reader writes: European privacy regulators from as number of countries has made a coordinated action against Facebook for violating data protection laws. The French CNIL has sanctioned Facebook with a 150,000 EUR fine, and the regulator from Netherlands is considering a similar action. Regulators are concerned with new privacy policies of Facebook, lack of transparency, cookie handling and tracking Facebook users on third-party sites -- all without user knowledge or control. Such coordinated move is unprecedented in the history of European data protection regulators.
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European Privacy Regulators Take Coordinated Action Against Facebook

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  • 150,000 EUR? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 16, 2017 @05:42PM (#54429519)

    What percent of Facebook's revenue is that? 0.00001%?

    These regulators better grow some teeth if they want to be taken seriously.

  • Regulators are concerned with new privacy policies of Facebook, lack of transparency, cookie handling and tracking Facebook users on third-party sites -- all without user knowledge or control.

    Yeah, I'm concerned with all of those things pertaining to Facebook, too. But I'm way more concerned about Google doing precisely the same things, since they do so much more of them.

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Yep, and Google is much more deeply embedded into the fabric of the modern web. Almost every major page loads things from a bunch of Google domains, or uses their captcha system, etc. I block everything Facebook related and have noticed no adverse effects on the web, but if you block Google, a ton of things simply will not function.

      • by thsths ( 31372 )

        Indeed. And what about the tracking of not-users, both by Facebook and by Google? That would seem distinctly worse to me.

  • by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) * on Tuesday May 16, 2017 @05:45PM (#54429543)

    To me, this is a lot like publishers that demand Google pay to index them, and when Google says, OK, it's opt in, you see publishers fall on their swards when their traffic dies. If Facebook pulled out og the EU for even a week, public outcry would be enormouse. Seriously, anyone who doesn't understand what's going on with Facebook and FREE consumer accounts is a moron.

    • by moronoxyd ( 1000371 ) on Tuesday May 16, 2017 @05:57PM (#54429607)

      Seriously, anyone who doesn't understand what's going on with Facebook and FREE consumer accounts is a moron.

      This case is about Facebook tracking people who don't have a FB account. Since these people don't have a FB account they did not agree to anything. And Facebook had been told a year ago to stop this and they didn't.
      Do these facts (that you would have known about if you read articles about this before you commented here) affect you statement in any way? Or are you one of those people that complain about anything just for the kicks?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      If Facebook pulled out og the EU for even a week, public outcry would be enormouse.

      Doubtful. Anyway, law is law, the public can change it indirectly via elections but luckily not directly. The fines could get substantially higher if Facebook doesn't comply.

      Seriously, anyone who doesn't understand what's going on with Facebook and FREE consumer accounts is a moron.

      The law prescribes that the storage of personal data must fulfill certain standards, it is completely irrelevant whether the accounts are free or not. It's not different from anything else related to consumer protection, e.g. if a vacuum cleaner is given away for free that doesn't mean it's okay if it electrocutes you.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 16, 2017 @06:07PM (#54429655)

      If Facebook pulled out of the EU for a week, we'd have a paradise on Earth.

      People would talk to each other. Folks would have something to do besides click Likes. Cancer would suddenly be cured.

      God bless you.

    • by sit1963nz ( 934837 ) on Tuesday May 16, 2017 @06:10PM (#54429667)
      Seriously, the USA does not run the world.

      94% of the worlds population lives outside the USA
      80% of the worlds GDP is outside the USA.

      The USA has far more to loose than the rest of the world. Most of the big players earn MORE outside the USA than they do inside, if they were forced to choose they would choose the world over the USA. The US is a saturated market with little growth potential, the growth potential in the rest of the world is HUGE.

      Start pissing off the world and over 2/3 of the US economy could disappear (bring the US down to 6% of the worlds GDP in line with its population)
      • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 16, 2017 @10:01PM (#54431151)

        You see this USA USA USA We're Number #1! shit everywhere whenever another country shows backbone to US corporate interests. I'm sure there are some people who are really that deluded, but I'm also sure that some of it is just pro-plutocracy shilling.

        The European Union has a population 50% larger than the USA, an arguably larger economy (it depends on how you measure GDP, but we're happy with number 2 if that's how you want to count it) and far more potential for growth. China has four times the number of people, and is going to sail past both the EU and the US in terms of GDP in the next 5-10 years.

        The USA was once the leader of the free world; now it's an international laughing stock throwing the full might of its bloated military industrial complex against every threat, real or imagined, whilst live-tweeting its own failures. Meanwhile its citizens cling to the American Dream whilst their ruling class squeezes every last dollar out of them and into their offshore accounts whilst blasting them with propaganda and vapid entertainments and convincing them that paradise is just a scratchcard away, and that their plight is because of the evil Reds/Yellows/Greens/Blacks/Irish/Italians/Jews/Muslims/Vegans/Liberal Elite/Wall Street/Whatever-it-is-this-week that they are told to be frightened of.

        The USA has lots of excellent people: first class minds, talented creators, hard-working, kind and generous souls. It has awesome natural beauty, plentiful natural resources and opportunity for real and sustainable growth. But you guys are throwing all that into the meat-grinder of maximised quarterly profits, and for what? So you can watch your kid grow up poorer than you were whilst some jackass fund manager spends their retirement savings on a bigger megayacht to keep anchored off his tax haven of choice?

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Seriously, the USA does not run the world.

        94% of the worlds population lives outside the USA

        Let's talk about this in terms of per capita. More along the lines of your:

        80% of the worlds GDP is outside the USA./Q

        Let's subtract all USA-originated aid, grants, offshored dollars (into shells), remittances, and "international programs" funding predominantly by the USA, then we can talk about "world" GDP.

        p.s. I may wind-up in the EU as a citizen too by the way--I just don't care to suffer the anti-USA bigotry of mis-educated nitwits. Most freakin' Chinese, who live in a damn info bubble with constant propaganda, appreciate the true position of the US relative EU many have told me something along the lines of "damn, when are you going to stop paying for those stupid farts?"

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Opportunist ( 166417 )

      Do you really want that? Why do you want to increase productivity in Europe, are you some kind of commie?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    sent to you on a win10 machine using chrome.

  • I wonder if this move has anything to do with what the Guardian did a story on: "The Great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked" https://www.theguardian.com/te... [theguardian.com]

    Apparently, there are some mercenary individuals who run companies who are capable of significantly influencing the outcomes of elections through manipulating social media and using people's personal social media data to target them during election campaigns. Although, thinking about it, isn't that what the "old media" have alway

  • European privacy regulators from as number of countries has made

    WTF don't you even proofread this shit?

  • EU asks FB to buy it a coffee.

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