Facebook Has Violated French Privacy Laws Says French Privacy Regulator

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French Privacy Regulator said in a statement that Facebook has violated the French Privacy Laws. The France Government is looking forward to fine Facebook. Facebook was given permission for three months to stop the tracking of non users by the French Data Protection  Authority-CNIL. It warned to fine Facebook if the  social-media site doesn’t change how it handles data about its users and others on the Internet. Actually french data protection ordered for strong password ie., eight characters,but facebook has limited it to six characters only by saying that it was their priority on passwords. Facebook Official said “Protecting the privacy of the people who use Facebook is at the heart of everything we do. We look forward to engaging with the CNIL French data protection authority – Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes to respond to their concerns”.

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The French order is the first significant action to be taken against a company transferring Europeans’ data to the United States following an European Union court ruling last year that struck down an agreement that had been relied on by thousands of companies, including Facebook, to avoid cumbersome EU data transfer rules. The CNIL orders Facebook to properly inform the people who don’t have Facebook accounts that their Internet surfing is being tracked through the buttons across the Web and to get the approval for the collecting information about users religious beliefs and all other sensitive information. The CNIL said it was making its order “public due to the seriousness of the violations and the number of individuals concerned by the Facebook service,” which it is making around 30 million. Social Networks tracks each and every user who access the website even if they are not the members of the websites by installation of cookies. The transfer of data between US and EU was approved which was an agreement valid till October 2015. While the U.S. and the EU agreed on a new pact last week to replace Safe  Harbour, it is not yet operational and European data protection authorities have said they need more time to decide whether limiting the data transfers should be restricted. Facebook said it was confident that it complied with EU data protection law.

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