The response from Meta to privacy concerns was to introduce a paywall model with an ad-free subscription option for Facebook and Instagram, following significant legal scrutiny over personal data usage.
The Milan Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating Meta for lack of payment of VAT for data acquired in Italy from users when they sign up for Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, which the company uses for profit to run profiled advertising.
The Irish Data Protection Commission has made waves with its recent decision to levy a staggering EUR 390 million GDPR fine against Meta for its practices in behavioural advertising, creating a precedent potentially impacting online behavioural advertising by any business, and changing the Internet as we know it.
The modalities of collection of individuals' consent and processing of personal data through cookies performed by a well-known social media was challenged by the Spanish authority that issued a privacy related fine against the company.
The European Court of Justice (CJEU) issued within a few weeks a decision on Google's right to be forgotten and the other on Facebook on the removal of illegal content that opens up interesting questions about how territoriality should be managed on the Internet.