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Facebook and Google already in violation of GDPR, alleges complaint

 
 
 
 
 
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Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came to life yesterday, and a couple of US tech giants are already being accused of breaking the law.

Non-profit noyb.eu has filed a complaint against Google, Facebook, as well as WhatsApp and Instragram, accusing them of engaging in “forced consent”, which is basically a ‘take it or leave it’ approach where-in users are barred from using a service completely if they do not agree to the terms set by the company.

Google and Facebook are now facing 8.8 Billion fines! Hahaha that’s so great! JUSTICE! Fine them EU, fine the beasts. Don’t you just hate those 2 globalist corporations who constantly oppress conservatives?? Look at Google and how they kicked us out of their Search Engine and Adsense for supporting Donald Trump! EU should also look into Twitter! Surely they can milk some billions from there as well. smile) We also have proof that Discord is also involved in stealing user data. Discord has been responsible for the doxing of dozens of right-wing activists, but never a leftist.

Here’s an excerpt from the complaint:

Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent. In the end users only had the choice to delete the account or hit the “agree” – button – that’s not a free choice, it more reminds of a North Korean election process

The basis of the complaint is an article under the GDPR law that says companies cannot bundle a service with requirement to consent. “Consequently, access to services can no longer depend on whether a user gives consent to the use of data,” the complaint says.

However, the complaint does acknowledge the fact that doing away with forced consent doesn’t mean companies can no longer use customer data – GDPR allows data collection that’s absolutely necessary for the service, just that data collected solely for advertisement or other commercial purposes needs users’ explicit consent.

Of course, it’s not an open and shut case, so it will be interesting to see how the matter shapes up. If found guilty, the combined fine these companies may have to pay could be to the tune of $7 billion.

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