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European Regulators Accuse Meta Of 'Massive, Illegal' Privacy 'Smokescreen'

Posted on AllSides February 29th, 2024
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A European consumer rights consortium has released a scathing new report accusing Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, of using a privacy “smokescreen” to obscure what it’s deemed a “massive, illegal” data collection scheme.

In particular, the European Consumer Organisation says Meta’s Nov. 2023 policy of charging European Union residents a monthly privacy fee if they don’t want to be tracked violates an EU privacy law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

According to, the program charges users €9.99 per month to access Meta platforms ad-free...

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