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Facebook’s Tiny Privacy Fine Is a ‘Warning,’ Watchdog Says (1)

Feb. 13, 2020, 2:37 PM

Facebook Inc.’s German unit was handed a fine of 51,000 euros ($55,500) for failing to properly nominate a data protection officer for its local office, a penalty privacy regulators said should still serve as a “warning” to others.

While the punishment seems tiny for the social network giant, it targets the German unit and not the “billion-dollar parent company,” the data protection authority in Hamburg, Germany, said in its 2019 annual report published on Thursday.

“This case should be a clear warning to all other companies: naming a data protection officer and telling the regulator about it are duties,”...

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