September 25, 2023 12:04 pm

RT World News reports Meta facing fine in Australia for privacy violations.

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Facebook’s parent company, Meta, has been fined A$20 million ($14 million) by Australia for collecting user data without their knowledge through an app called Onavo, which was marketed as a privacy-protecting tool. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) revealed on Wednesday that the Federal Court had ordered Meta subsidiaries Facebook Israel and Onavo to pay A$10 million ($7 million) each for “engaging in conduct liable to mislead in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.” Additionally, Meta was required to pay A$400,000 to cover the ACCC’s legal costs.

Between 2016 and 2017, Facebook promoted Onavo as a free virtual private networking app that “helps keep you and your data safe.” Virtual private networks (VPNs) hide a user’s IP address, allowing them to access content that may not be available in their region and preventing location-specific targeting.

However, it was discovered that Onavo was actually collecting users’ location data, time of use, app usage, and website visits in order to use this information for advertising purposes. Judge Wendy Abraham noted that the failure to disclose this information may have deprived tens of thousands of Australian consumers of the opportunity to make an informed choice before downloading and using Onavo Protect.

Abraham could have imposed much higher fines on Meta, considering that Australians downloaded the app at least 271,229 times. Under Australia’s consumer protection law, Meta could have been fined $1.1 million per incident, potentially amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars. However, she treated the violation as a single course of conduct and imposed a fine that “carries with it a sufficient sting to ensure that the penalty amount is not such as to be regarded… as simply an acceptable cost of doing business.” It is worth noting that Meta made $116 billion in revenue last year.

In response to the ruling, Meta released a statement emphasizing the ACCC’s admission that the company had not intended to mislead customers. Meta claimed that Onavo had functioned properly as an online security tool and that the company had implemented tools to provide users with more transparency and control over their data in recent years. The statement also highlighted Meta’s commitment to designing products and features with privacy in mind.

This is not the first time that Meta has faced legal consequences for mishandling user data. Last month, the Federal Court ordered Meta and Australia’s Information Commissioner to settle a lawsuit related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In 2020, American and British regulators fined Meta $5 billion and £500,000 ($647,300) respectively for deceiving users about how their private data was being handled. Cambridge Analytica infamously harvested the data of millions of Facebook users through a seemingly harmless quiz app and used it for targeted political advertising.

The fines imposed on Meta by Australia’s Federal Court signal the country’s commitment to protecting consumer privacy and holding tech giants accountable for their actions. With the growing concerns surrounding data privacy and the use of personal information for advertising purposes, regulators worldwide are becoming increasingly vigilant in their efforts to ensure that companies prioritize user privacy and obtain informed consent for data collection and usage.

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