Bloomberg Law
March 15, 2023, 2:13 PM

Meta Unlawfully Handled Personal Data of Dutch Users, Court Says

April Roach

An Amsterdam court ruled Facebook acted unlawfully when handling the personal data of its users in the Netherlands for nearly a decade.

Personal data processed by Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook Ireland unit were used without permission for advertising purposes and were also given to third parties without properly informing users, according to the Wednesday ruling.

The court found that from April 2010 to January 2020, Facebook Ireland had no legal basis for processing special personal data such as sexual orientation or religion for advertising purposes. Dutch class-action organization Data Privacy Stichting brought the case against three Meta companies ...