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Australia fines Facebook owner Meta $14 million for undisclosed data collection

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Facebook owner Meta Platforms has been fined $14 million by an Australian court for collecting user data through a smartphone app without disclosing its actions. The app, called Onavo, was advertised as a way to protect privacy, but it secretly collected data on users’ location, app usage and web browsing for Meta’s own commercial purposes.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought a civil lawsuit against Meta, alleging that the company breached consumer law and misled users about the nature and extent of Onavo’s data collection. The Federal Court agreed with the ACCC and ordered Meta to pay the fine, as well as $400,000 in legal costs.

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