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Meta Platforms seeks to stop privacy breach fine in Norway

Meta Platforms aims to avoid a Norwegian fine for privacy violation

According to a court document, Meta Platforms (META.O) has asked a Norwegian court to block the imposition of a fine by the Nordic nation’s data regulator on the owner of Facebook and Instagram for violating users’ privacy.

The Norwegian data protection authority informed Reuters on Monday that Meta Platforms will be penalized 1 million crowns ($97,700) every day beginning on August 14 for privacy violations. This judgement may have wider European ramifications.

In a court document, Meta Platforms requests a temporary injunction to stop the order. During a two-day hearing, the petition will be presented on August 22.

The company’s Norwegian attorney advised journalists to contact Meta with any questions. A request for comment from Meta Platforms was not answered.

Datatilsynet, the data protection authority in Norway, reported that Meta Platforms was attempting to block the imposition of the fine.

Tobias Judin, the head of Datatilsynet’s foreign division, told Reuters, “They say the court should put… a pause on our order, pending a full trial.” Datatilsynet will claim there is no legal justification for an injunction.

The regulator has ruled that Meta cannot gather user information in Norway, including users’ geographical whereabouts, and use it to target them with advertising (called behavioural advertising), a Big Tech business model.

The penalty is valid until November 3. If Datatilsynet concurs with the judgment of the Norwegian regulator, it may make it permanent by sending it to the European Data Protection Board, which has the authority to do so.

Additionally, it might extend the decision’s geographic reach to the rest of Europe.

This step hadn’t been carried out by Datatilsynet.

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