Facebook referred to Irish regulator
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