After being forced to call off that launch date of Facebook’s dating service across Europe, it has been left red-faced. It is because, Facebook failed to provide its lead EU data regulator with adequate advanced warning, which includes failing to exhibit it performed the required assessment of privacy risks legally.
The Independent.ie newspaper of Ireland, yesterday, reported that the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) send some agents to the Dublin office of Facebook to seek the documentation that Facebook failed to provide. They used inspection and their document seizure powers set out in Section 130 of the Data Protection Act of the country. The DPC, in a statement on its website, mentioned that Facebook contacted it about the rollout of dating features in the EU on 3rd February.
The regulator wrote that they had been concerned about the fact that they had heard from the Facebook Ireland about that new feature. Their concerns had been further compounded by the fact that no documentation had been provided to them on 3rd February to the DPIA (Data Protection Impact Assessment) or even the decision-making processes which had been guaranteed by Facebook Ireland.
Facebook declared the plan to get in the dating game back in May 2018 by trailing the Tinder-encroaching idea to melt a dating feature for the non-friends into the social network at the F8 developer conference.
A few months later, it carried on to test launch the product in Colombia. Since then, it has been adding more Asian and South American countries. At the same time, it launched in the United States after it was fined $5BN by the FTC for the historical privacy lapses.