Facebook Is Still Violating Privacy And Data Protection Laws, Says Belgian Privacy Commission
Facebook has been determined out as a breacher of the European law by a report from the Belgian privacy commission.
The report claims that the company kept acting in the same fashion as it was doing before the policy update. As stated by the authors Brendan Van Alsenoy, Valerie Verdoodt, Rob Heyman, Jef Ausloos and Ellen Wauters:
“Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) contains a number of provisions which do not comply with the Unfair Contract Terms Directive. These violations were already present in 2013, and they are set to persist in 2015.”
The report discovers that Facebook’s use of user data for commercial purposes contradicts the law. It further finds out that the company’s policies around profiling for advertisement activities fail to “meet the requirements for legally valid consent.”
“Facebook places too much burden on its users. Users are expected to navigate Facebook’s complex web of settings in search of possible opt-outs,” wrote the authors. “Facebook’s default settings related to behavioural profiling or Social Ads, for example, are particularly problematic.”
Further in the report, the authors point out user’s immobility in controlling the usage of their location information by Facebook. As per report, the only way to halt Facebook from accessing these information is to block location access in operating system.
“We argue that the collection or use of device information envisaged by the 2015 data use policy does not comply with the requirements of article 5(3) of the EU e-Privacy Directive, which requires free and informed prior consent before storing or accessing information on an individual’s device,” reads the report.
Facebook seems under the clouds of painful investigations. The social media giant is already being interrogated by the Dutch data protection authority.