In another setback to Facebook in Europe, the authority of French data protection has ordered to the social networking giant to stop sending user data to the US and comply with European data protection legislation.
According to a report published on the website of Tech Crunch technology, Facebook has been given three months to make changes deemed necessary by the data protection authority CNIL and do not incur heavy fines.
Specifically, the data protection agency is not happy that Facebook collects browsing activity of Internet users who do not have a Facebook account.
“The company does not inform users that a cookie is set on your terminal when visiting a public Facebook page (page of a public event or friend). This cookie transmits information on websites Facebook third parties offering Facebook plug-ins (such as a button) which are visited by Internet users, “the notice read CNIL.
According to the announcement, Facebook collects user data relating to religious sexual orientation, political opinions and “without the explicit consent of the account holders.” Nor inform users in the registration form “regarding their rights and the processing of personal data.”
Facebook is also accused of using the now illegal “Safe Harbor” data transfer mechanism – an agreement transatlantic data transfer for a long time which was invalidated by the European Court of Justice last year, the report added.
According to a spokesman for Facebook, “We are confident that we comply with European data protection legislation and eager to participate in the CNIL to answer your concerns.”
According to the CNIL, which has made its public notice against Facebook because of “the seriousness of the violations and the number of people affected by the Facebook service.”
Facebook has over 30 million users in France.
The social networking giant faces several probes related to privacy in Europe.
In November, a Belgian court ordered the company to stop using cookies to track web activity of its members.
As well as investigations by the French and Belgian authorities, Facebook is also being investigated by the Spanish authorities, Dutch and German (Hamburg) data protection.