Facebook Owes Canada $9 Million For Lying About Your Privacy
Your information might have been shared.
Canada's Competition Bureau revealed in a May 19 press release that Facebook was paying $9 million to settle a case about misleading privacy claims.
The tech company also agreed to no longer make inaccurate claims about the extent to which its users can control who sees their personal information.
This agreement covers both Facebook's social media platform as well as its messenger app.
The investigation looked at Facebook's practices between 2012 and 2018.
After the investigation, the Competition Bureau concluded that the company was not limiting the sharing of user information with third-party developers, even if people had changed their settings to keep their accounts
Sometimes people's friends would also have their information viewed by other developers if certainon the platform.
Facebook had claimed it would not allow access to users' friends' information in this way in April 2015, but the Bureau's investigation concluded that these practices continued with some developers until 2018.
"Canadians expect and deserve truth from businesses in the digital economy, and claims about privacy are no exception," Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of Competition said in a statement.
He added that the bureau will not hesitate to "crack down" on companies that make false claims about how they use.
A Facebook company spokesperson told Narcity that while the company does not agree with the Bureau's conclusions, it will resolve the matter by entering into a consent agreement and not contesting the bureau's decision.
"We look forward to continuing our productive relationship with the Commissioner and the Competition Bureau," they said, "We will build on the improvements we’ve made in protecting people's information and how we communicate about the privacy controls Canadians can use."