Facebook resisted Irish clampdown on data harvesting

Facebook resisted Irish clampdown on data harvesting

Data commissioner told Facebook in 2011 that collection of data history could not be justified

Facebook resisted attempts from the Irish regulator to clamp down on the data harvesting apps at the centre of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, insisting that it had a “lawful basis” to allow the apps to download data without users’ knowledge.

The US social media giant ultimately reformed its policy to assuage the regulator’s concerns, but not until three years after the issue was first raised.

The app, which downloaded huge amounts of personal data...

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