A gigantic fine for Facebook annulled

The Hungarian Curia (Supreme Court) upheld the verdict annulling Facebook’s record-high fine imposed by the Competition Protection Office (GVH), Hungarian media reported on Monday.

In December 2019, GVH fined Facebook 1.2 billion forints (3.2 million euros) for advertising its services as free on the main page. Users did not have to pay for using Facebook, but according to the Office, the company made a profit from their activity and data, so they paid for its services in a different way.

The Curia shared the opinion of the Budapest Court of Appeal that the consumer is completely indifferent to the fact that Facebook receives financial services from its business partners in return for providing user data regarding their interests, purchasing habits, etc. According to the Curia, the consumer does not suffer any material damage from the legal relationship with the service provider, which is Facebook.

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