Spain’s data protection authority fined Facebook $1.4 million for multiple violations of the country’s privacy rules, Fortune reports. The AEPD criticized Facebook for collecting data on users’ personal preferences from its own services and third parties without informing individuals on the ways the information will be used. The agency said Facebook did not receive properly informed consent before using the collected information, while adding the company violated privacy laws by not deleting data when it was no longer of use. Facebook disagrees with the AEPD’s decision and plans to appeal the penalty. "As we made clear to the DPA, users choose which information they want to add to their profile and share with others, such as their religion. However, we do not use this information to target adverts to people," a Facebook spokesperson said.
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