83 Spanish media organisations file €550m GDPR lawsuit against Meta

05/12/2023 | Reuters

A group of 83 Spanish media outlets has filed a lawsuit against Meta, seeking €550 million in damages. The AMI media association's claims against Meta relate to its "systematic and massive non-compliance" with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules between 2018 and 2023, giving it an unfair advantage in the advertising market. The newspapers claim that Meta's use of personal data from its Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp platforms constitutes unfair competition and that most of the ads placed by Meta use personal data obtained without express consent from clients, violating GDPR rules.

Meta has not yet responded to the lawsuit, and a source familiar with the matter said the company has not received the legal documents.

Additional reporting in TechCrunch.

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