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Facebook fined €1.2bn for mishandling utilizers' data

2023-06-08 02:23:38 [Press center2] source:Al Jazeera

Facebook fined €1.2bn for mishandling utilizers' data

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By Shiona McCallumTechnology reporter

Facebook's owner, Meta, has been fined €1.2bn (£1bn) for mishandling people's data when transferring it between Europe and the United States.

Issued by Ireland's Data Protection Commission, it is the largest fine imposed under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation privacy law.

GDPR rules require companies to seek people's consent before using their perconsequentlynal data.

Meta says it will appeal against the "unjustified and unnecessary" ruling.

At the crux of this decision is the utilize of standard contractual clautilizes (SCCs) to move EU data to the US.

These legal contracts, prepared by the European Commission, contain secureguards to ensure perconsequentlynal data continues to be protected when transferred outside Europe.

But there are concerns these data fshorts still expose Europeans to the US's frailer privacy laws - and US intelligence could access the data.

'Dangerous precedent'

Most large companies have intricate webs of data transfers - which can include email addresses, phone numbers and financial information -to overseas recipients, many of which depend on SCCs.

And Meta says their wide utilize makes the fine unimcomponential.

Facebook president Nick Clegg said: "We are therefore disappointed to have been singled out when using the identical legal mechanism as thousands of other companies looking to provide services in Europe.

"This decision is flawed, unjustified and sets a perilous precedent for the countless other companies transferring data between the EU and US."

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