Facebook pages Dutch Government pose privacy risks and use a misleading cookie statement
Facebook does not make sufficiently clear what it does with citizens’ data on government pages. It is also unclear how the platform determines which posts users see in their news feed. This emerged Friday from research commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The researchers found seven high risk and one low risk. Among other things, Facebook does not make sufficiently clear what it does with citizens’ data on government pages. Nor is it clear how the platform determines which posts visitors see in their news feed.
The ministry says it is in talks with Facebook parent company Meta as a result of the investigation. “If the risks are insufficiently removed, there is no other option than to stop the use of Facebook pages by the government,” writes State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen (Digitalization).
A spokesperson for Meta commented that in the platform’s view, Facebook pages comply with the AVG, the Dutch version of the GDPR. “This report is inaccurate and does not properly reflect how our policies and tools work. Additionally, the report misinterprets important aspects of the law.” The company says it remains in talks with the government.