The report, which was carried out by ICRI/CIR (KU Leuven) and iMinds-SMIT on behalf of the Belgian Privacy Commission, says social media giant is breaking EU data protection laws on how it gathers data, what is done with this information and how people are kept informed. In particular, the watchdog says that Facebook is failing to explain what it means when users are told their data will be used for “advertising purposes” as well as not allowing people to opt out of Sponsored Stories or location sharing.
The social network was also criticised for also placing “too much burden” on its users to navigate its “complex” settings.
It is worth noting that the Commission itself has no sanctioning powers. If it does believe that this is a serious complaint, it can send on the dossier to Belgian's prosecutors' office.