Irish privacy watchdog endorses Facebook’s approach to data protection
A draft decision from Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) endorsing Facebook’s legal basis for processing personal data has been met with criticism by a data protection activist who says the platform is trying to bypass EU privacy laws.
Since the EU’s GDPR entered into force, Facebook took a unique approach by including data processing specifications in its general terms and conditions.
“It is painfully obvious that Facebook simply tries to bypass the clear rules of the GDPR by relabeling the agreement on data use as a ‘contract’. If this would be accepted, any company could just write the processing of data into a contract and thereby legitimise any use of customer data without consent,” Schrems said.