A Spanish association representing more than 80 newspapers has filed a lawsuit against Facebook parent Meta accusing it of unfair competition in online advertising by allegedly ignoring European Union rules on data protection.
In a statement, the Information Media Association said it is demanding 550 million euros ($600 million) from the social media giant. The association represents dozens of newspapers including Spain's principal dailies El País, El Mundo, ABC and La Vanguardia.
The association accuses Meta of "systematic and massive non-compliance" with EU data protection regulations between May 2018, when they took force, and July 2023.
It said Meta has repeatedly ignored the requirement that citizens give their consent to the use of their data for advertising profiling.
The company declined to comment, saying it hadn't seen the legal papers.
Meta's Facebook and Instagram platforms have long used behavioral More