Facebook will pay millions of dollars in fines for making privacy claims “wrong” in Canada.
Penalty C of $ 9 million ($ 6.5 million; £ 5.3 million) is part of the settlement of the handling of user’s personal information by the company between August 2012 and June 2018.
The Canadian Independent Competition Bureau said the technology company was improperly sharing data with third-party developers.
Facebook said it “disagreed” with the findings but wanted to resolve the issue.
On Tuesday, the Canadian Competition Bureau announced the technology giant would pay a penalty after concluding “the company made false or misleading claims about the privacy of Canadian personal information on Facebook and [messaging app] Courier”.
The competition supervisor said it found that Facebook’s privacy claims were inconsistent with sharing users’ personal data with several third-party developers.
A Facebook spokesman told Reuters that “although we do not agree with the Commissioners’ conclusions, we resolve this issue by signing an agreement agreement and not disputing the conclusions for the purpose of this agreement”.
The social media giant also agreed not to make false or misleading statements about the disclosure of personal information as part of the settlement.
Technology companies have faced criticism in recent years over the handling of fake news during the 2016 elections, as well as sharing user data that is not appropriate in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Facebook was found to have enabled Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm, to access data from millions of users.
Data is obtained through quizzes held on social media platforms, which invite users to find out their personality types.
As was usual with apps and games at that time, it was designed to harvest not only user data from people who took part in quizzes, but also their friends’ data.
Data about 87 million Facebook users are shared worldwide. About 620,000 of them are in Canada.
In January, US regulators announced a record $ 5 billion fine against Facebook for resolving privacy concerns.
In October 2018, Facebook was fined £ 500,000 by the Office of the British Information Commissioner (ICO) for what he called “serious violations” of the law.
And in March, Australia’s privacy regulator said it brought Facebook to justice over the Cambridge Analytica issue.
In December, Facebook said its social networking site calculated an average of 1.7 billion active users each day during the month.
There are an estimated 24 million monthly active users in Canada.
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