At a press conference on Thursday in Brussels, EU Consumer Commissioner Vera Jourova accused Facebook and Twitter of taking too much time to comply with the demands of the European Commission that both platforms change their terms and conditions to make them clearer for European consumers.
These new conditions “contain a misleading presentation of the main features of Facebook services,” said the Commission. In particular, Facebook is now telling consumers that their data and content are only used to improve their overall “experience” and does not mention that the company is using this data for commercial purposes.”
The warning shot from Brussels comes several months after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the British was company accused of having collected and exploited the personal data of millions of users for political purposes without their consent. This scandal “reminded us that few people are clear how Facebook uses the personal data of its users,” said Ms. Jourova, at the press conference.
In response, Facebook argued that it had already made a number of changes and would continue to cooperate with the authorities. “Our conditions are much clearer about what is allowed and what is not allowed on Facebook and about the options that users have. We will continue our close collaboration in order to answer any other concern and to make the necessary updates.”