Briefing

EU data regulator blocks rollout of Facebook Dating

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The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), the EU’s top data regulator, said the company failed to prove it’s done a privacy risk assessment for its dating service that’s legally required for it to operate in the continent. The DPC also said it was concerned that it learned about Facebook’s plans to launch the service just 10 days before it was scheduled to do so. (TechCrunch)

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Talking point: Facebook has been slowly expanding its dating service since piloting it in Colombia in 2018. It’s now in 20 countries, including Canada and the U.S., with Europe originally set to be its next big market. Privacy advocates have raised concerns that Facebook could use its dating platform to glean even more (and highly sensitive) user data, for the benefit of third-party advertisers. In a statement Thursday, the company said it “worked carefully to create strong privacy safeguards, and complete the data processing impact assessment ahead of the proposed launch in Europe, which we shared with the [DPC] when it was requested.”