Facebook (FB - Free Report) continues to be under fire over privacy concerns. The company is under pressure for violating user data protection in Brazil, per a Reuters report.
Reportedly, Brazil's Ministry of Justice has levied a fine of 6.6 million reais or $1.6 million on Facebook for improperly sharing user information.
Brazil's Ministry of Justice and Public Security announced that it examined “the violation of the personal data of the Facebook platform's contracting consumers, as well as whether someone had obtained improper access to such data, taking into account the user's consent form, where sharing is the default, and automatic data sharing with application developers of this user's friends.”
In issuing the fine, the Department of Consumer Protection stated that the data of 443,000 Facebook users was improperly made available to the developers of a Facebook app named “thisisyourdigitallife.”
Notably, the “thisisyourdigitallife” app was built by Cambridge Analytica in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. This was aimed to gather information about Facebook users in order to target them for political advertisements.
Additionally, the agency ruled the data was used for questionable purposes. Moreover, Facebook also failed to provide appropriate information to their users with regard to privacy settings on the social media platform, and how user data, particularly that of friends and friends of friends on Facebook was shared with third-party apps.
Facebook has 10 days to appeal the fine. If it does not appeal, the company has 30 days to pay the fine.