Spanish data protection watchdog fines Facebook with 1.2 million Euros

Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), Spain’s data protection watchdog, has issued a 1.2 million euros fine against Facebook for collecting personal data from Spanish users without informing them of how it was to be used. AEPD found Facebook collecting its users’ personal and sensitive data, such as user’s ideology, religious beliefs, and personal tastes and navigation, among others, without their ‘unequivocal consent’ and making the profit by sharing this data with advertisers and marketers. Media quotes Facebook’s response denying any wrongdoing and expressing the intent to appeal the AEPD’s decision.