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Facebook users drop in Europe. What is the takeaway?

Recently Facebook published latest (Q3) user and revenue update, having the overall users base drop (in Europe and US, mainly).

While the drop of users, when compared to total numbers, is small, it is strong signal that users in Europe are not happy with some of Facebook’s practices. More specifically, the drop-in user count is attributed mostly to the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal in early 2018 when it was revealed Cambridge Analytica had harvested the personal data of millions of people’s Facebook profiles without their consent and used it for political purposes. It has been described as a watershed moment in the public understanding of personal data usage and precipitated a massive fall in Facebook’s stock price and calls for tighter regulation of tech companies’ use of data. This serious breach of privacy no doubt caused some users to simply stop using Facebook.

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Facebook fined £500,000 for data breaches in Cambridge Analytica scandal

United Kingdom’s data protection authority ICO fined Facebook with maximum penalty of £500,000 for lack of transparency and failing to protect users’ information.

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EDPS issues opinion on Big Data

On September 23 the European Data Protection Supervisor (the “EDPS”) Giovanni Buttarelli published his opinion “Coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data”.

This opinion is part of an ongoing project, launched in March 2014 with the EDPS’ “Preliminary Opinion on Privacy and Competitiveness in the Age of Big Data”.
It addresses the concern that concentration in digital markets could harm the interests of individuals as data subjects and consumers.

Among other, opinion recommends to establish an Digital Clearing House – a voluntary network of regulatory bodies – for enforcement in the EU digital sector, to voluntarily share information about possible abuses in the digital ecosystem and the most effective way of tackling them.

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