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Facebook To Stop Tracking French Non-Users Within 3 Months

Facebook To Stop Tracking French Non-Users Within 3 Months
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Facebook To Stop Tracking French Non-Users Within 3 Months

Just days after the Free Basics initiative has been officially banned in India, it looks like Facebook is once again in hot water. Tech Crunch reports that the French data protection authority CNIL has just issued the social media giant a formal notice to get its house in order and get it to comply with European data protection law.

If ignored, the social networking site can face a possible referral to the CNIL’s select committee which could then choose whether or not to pursue a sanction against the company. After the formal notice was served, Facebook was given by the French data authority three months to make the changes that are necessary and required.  If it manages to do so and satisfy the DPA, it will not face sanctions.

The social media giant has been ordered by CNIL to stop tracking non-user’s web activity without getting their consents, explains Yahoo Tech. The new ruling comes after last year’s order which ruled a data agreement that allowed companies to transfer data abroad to be illegal, with its deadline ending just last week.

Meanwhile the tech company has said before that it does not use Safe Harbour as a means of moving data to the United States reports Reuters. The company is said to also have set up several legal structures to continue the transfers with respect to the EU law.

Last week a new pact was agreed between the US and EU which should replace the Safe Harbour. It is, however, not operational yet and the EU data protection authorities said they need more time before they decide on whether to restrict or not restrict data transfers.

A spokesperson for the social networking site has said that the company is confident that they have done everything complying with the EU data protection law. She elaborated that they are protecting the privacy of people who use their platform as a main part of their lives, of everything they do.  She also said that they are looking forward to discussing the concerns of CNIL with them.

The setback is not the first that Facebook has experience as several months ago, it had an issue when it made some changes to its privacy policy which prompted the Belgian, Dutch, French, German, and Spanish authorities to check up with the tech firm’s practices.

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