Privacy: the record fine imposed at Facebook validated by a u.s. judge

Vie privée: l’amende record infligée à Facebook validée par un juge américain

The record fine imposed last summer by the u.s. agency of consumer protection, FTC, to Facebook for not having been able to protect the personal data of its users was validated Thursday by a judge.

A qualified decision Friday as “historic” by the president of this agency, Joe Simons.

The FTC accused the social network of the world’s most powerful to have “deceived” its users on their ability to control their personal information.

In addition to the fine, it had been imposed on the company in Silicon Valley to put in place an independent committee on the protection of privacy.

The social network had also had to commit to adding features allowing users to better control their privacy at all levels of the platform, and to provide regular reports on risks, issues and the solutions put in place to ensure the confidentiality of the information.

It is after the break in march 2018, the scandal of data leakage to the british firm Cambridge Analytica, who worked for the campaign of Donald Trump in 2016, and has hijacked the personal data of tens of millions of users in the world, that the FTC had opened an investigation.

Some privacy advocates have objected to the agreement established between the agency’s Facebook saying that it does not punish enough the group.

The social network has for its part argued that the agreement went beyond the law.

It should serve as ” the basis for any legislation on the private life “, in the United States, as elsewhere, said the chief privacy officer at Facebook, Michel Protti, in a publication of the blog.

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