Face­book re­ferred to Ir­ish reg­u­la­tor

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The UK’s in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sioner is re­fer­ring Face­book to Ire­land’s Data Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sioner, the lead au­thor­ity for the so­cial net­work un­der Europe’s strict data law, over is­sues re­gard­ing the way it tar­geted and mon­i­tored its users.

The com­mis­sioner has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing how Face­book han­dled per­sonal data af­ter a con­sul­tancy Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica was ac­cused of im­prop­erly har­vest­ing data from about 87 mil­lion users on the so­cial net­work. The com­mis­sioner has al­ready slapped the high­est pos­si­ble fine of £500,000 (€573,000) on Face­book for the mis­use of data but said yes­ter­day it was re­fer­ring out­stand­ing is­sues to Ire­land.

“We have re­ferred our on­go­ing con­cerns about Face­book’s tar­get­ing func­tions and tech­niques that are used to mon­i­tor in­di­vid­u­als’ brows­ing habits, in­ter­ac­tions and be­hav­iour across the in­ter­net and dif­fer­ent de­vices to the Ir­ish Data Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sion,” it said.

Bri­tain’s in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sioner said it was aware other reg­u­la­tors have looked at Face­book’s op­er­a­tions over the pe­riod. It said it would work with the Ir­ish reg­u­la­tor and other author­i­ties to de­velop a strat­egy for ad­dress­ing these is­sues. – Reuters

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