Facebook is accused of violating EU data protection regulations

Google and Facebook are considered to have violated the new EU Regulation, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on Friday. According to the privacy group, noyb.eu, the two companies are said to be involved in "forced consent" action.

This forced consent is an approach that forces users to agree on the things that have been set, and if they do not want to, then it is prohibited to use the service. This forced consent is seen as a "take or leaves" approach.

"These new GDPRs come into force, should give users the freedom of choice, whether they agree on data usage or not," the noyb.eu party said in a statement.

"They are facing the opposite with the number of 'approval boxes' appearing online or in the app, often combined with threats, ie services cannot be used if the user does not give his consent,

According to noyb.eu, they have filed a complaint regarding Google (Android), Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, regarding the "forced consent" action. Noyb.eu describes such an approach as the treatment that exists in North Korea.

"Facebook blocks user accounts that have not given consent, in the end, the user only has the option of deleting an account or pressing the approval button, which is clearly not a free option, reminiscent of the North Korea election process," said Chairman Noyb.eu, Max Schrems.

Furthermore, if the EU has the same opinion with noyb.eu, then Google and Facebook will face sanctions for violating GDPR regulations. Nominal fines of up to 20 million euros or up to four percent of the global annual turnover for serious offenses.


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