San Marino challenges Facebook: millionaire fine requested from Zuckerberg for violation of privacy
A millionaire fine for violation of privacy inflicted by the small Republic of San Marino on Meta, the colossus that brings together the social networks – as a whole – most used by citizens. For the moment a hypothesis, the file and the burden of putting pen to paper the condemnation of Mark Zuckerberg’s company is entrusted to Valeria Pierfelici, a 61-year-old San Marino magistrate who is due to hand down the sentence on December 14th.
The story has its roots in 2019 when millions of Facebook users around the world came to terms with a record-breaking hack: millions of data – including telephone numbers – were stolen and published online. A maxi violation of privacy which in proportion hit the Republic of Monte Titano hard with more than 12 thousand people who complained, so to speak, of being the victim of the hack, including two secretaries of state (equivalent to Italian ministries). As reported by the newspaper il Tempo which first reported on the story, the San Marino privacy authority opened an investigation into the case, a case closed with a fine on Facebook for violating rules equivalent to those of the EU on the GDR. Basically, the social network was blamed for not guaranteeing the security of registered users’ data.
Four million is a mind-boggling figure in the absolute sense. But on a relative level, Zuckerberg shouldn’t worry net of Meta’s assets, although the company is not sailing in very calm waters (as demonstrated by the events of the maxi layoffs and the stock market crash). But as reported by the newspaper The weatherif a possible sentence were to arrive on December 14, the San Marino case could lead the way and trigger “cascading” sentences. There are in fact 533 million users mocked by hackers who – potentially – could ask for the same protections as those of San Marino.
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