The Spanish authorities have imposed on the social network Facebook a fine of 1.2 million euros for the use of personal data of users for advertising purposes, reports DW.

As reported by the Spanish data protection Agency, Facebook was collecting personal information of users not getting their “unambiguous consent” for their use, and without disclosing how this information can be used. In particular, we are talking about information such as gender, religious beliefs or personal tastes and preferences.

The Agency believes that the privacy policy of Facebook “contains General and unclear provisions”, and the lack of properly obtained the users consent to use of data constitutes a “serious breach” of the rules of data protection are spelled out in the Spanish legislation.

In turn, Facebook said that the appeal against the fine, assuring that they do not use personal user data for advertising purposes. In Facebook stressed that users of the social network determine what personal information they add to their accounts.

According to the report Facebook, the size of the company’s revenues from advertising in the second quarter of 2017 reached $9.2 billion

The Spanish authorities imposed a fine on Facebook 12.09.2017

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