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Facebook parent Meta targeted in privacy complaints by EU groups

Metaplatforms on Thursday responded to privacy complaints as eight EU consumer groups asked the watchdog to take action against Facebook’s owner for allegedly breaching EU privacy rules when collecting user data. I was visited.

Complaints by consumer organizations in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Greece, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain to national data protection authorities add to existing complaints about Meta’s trove of user data. .

Consumer groups said Meta had no legal basis for data collection and processing and did not comply with General Data Protection Regulation rules on fair processing, data minimization and purpose limitation.


The complaints from consumer groups in eight countries add to existing complaints about Meta’s trove of user data. Reuters

“Surveillance-based business models create all kinds of problems under the GDPR, and it is time for data protection authorities to stop Meta’s unfair data processing and violation of people’s fundamental rights.”European Consumer said Ursula Pacul, Deputy Director-General of the Agency. statement.

He also criticized Meta’s recent launch of paid, ad-free subscriptions to Facebook and Instagram in Europe, which the company said was aimed at complying with new EU technical rules. Stated.

Critics argue that this amounts to users having to pay a price for privacy. If you don’t mind ads, you can continue to use the service for free.

“What Meta is offering consumers is essentially smoke to hide the same old thing: collecting all kinds of sensitive information about people’s lives and monetizing it through an invasive advertising model. and mirrors,” Puckle said.

Meta said the subscription changes were in response to regulatory actions and court rulings.


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Meta has launched paid, ad-free subscriptions to Facebook and Instagram in Europe, which the company said is aimed at complying with new EU technical rules. AP

“The ad-free subscription aligns with the latest regulatory developments, guidance and rulings shared by Europe’s leading regulators and courts in recent years,” a Meta spokesperson said.

“Specifically, this complies with instructions given by Europe’s highest court. In July, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recommended that We have approved the subscription model as

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