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Brazil fines Facebook BRL 6.6 mln for improper sharing of user data

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Tuesday 31 December 2019 | 11:58 CET | News, TELECOMPAPER

Brazil’s Ministry of Justice fined Facebook BRL 6.6 million, saying it found that data from 443,000 Facebook users was improperly made available to developers of an app called “thisisyourdigitallife”, reports Reuters. The ministry added that Facebook also failed to provide users with adequate information regarding default privacy settings, particularly related to data of “friends” and “friends of friends”.

Facebook has 10 days to appeal the decision. The fine should be paid within 30 days.

The ministry launched its investigation following reports of data misuse by Cambridge Analytica in 2018.

Facebook said it has made changes to its platform and restricted information accessible to app developers, Bloomberg reported. “There is no evidence data from users in Brazil were transferred to Cambridge Analytica,”  a spokesperson for the company in Brazil said. “We are currently evaluation our legal options,” he added. Facebook paid a fine of USD 5 billion to the US Federal Trade Commission in July to resolve the Cambridge Analytica scandal

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: January 02, 2020 at 03:01PM

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