Is Meta enrolling users onto its tiered subscription plan without consent?

23/01/2024 | The Register

A complaint has been filed with the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) against Meta, accusing the social media company of enrolling European-based Facebook users into the ad-supported (free) version of its tiered subscription model without their explicit consent. According to privacy consultant Alexander Hanff, who filed the complaint, Meta appears to have stopped asking European users to choose between the free and paid versions of Facebook, instead enrolling those who have not paid into the free version with ads. The complaint argues that this violates EU law, specifically the 2019 Judgment in Case C-673/17, which prohibits pre-checked opt-ins. 

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