This fine was imposed on Faceboo in 2019 by the American consumer protection agency, via an amicable agreement.
The record fine of $ 5 billion imposed in 2019 on Facebook by the American consumer protection agency, the FTC, was validated Thursday, April 23, by an American judge. A qualified decision on Friday “historical” by the president of this agency, Joe Simons. The FTC accused the most used social network in the world of having “deceived” its users on their ability to protect their personal information.
In addition to the fine, she had forced the Silicon Valley company, via an amicable agreement, to set up an independent committee on the protection of privacy. The social network 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 the risks, problems and solutions implemented to ensure confidentiality of information.
The FTC obverse opened an investigation on Facebook after the 2018 scandal of data leaks to the British firm Cambridge Analytica. The latter, who worked for the Donald Trump campaign in 2016, has hijacked the personal data of tens of millions of users worldwide. Some privacy advocates opposed the deal between the agency and Facebook, saying it did not sufficiently punish the web giant. The social network for its part affirmed that the agreement goes beyond the legislation and that it should serve “basic for all privacy regulations”, in the United States as elsewhere.