AU$20m penalty for Meta companies for conduct liable to mislead consumers about use of their data

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered two subsidiaries of social media giant Meta, Facebook Israel and Onavo Inc, to each pay AU$10 million for engaging in conduct liable to mislead in breach of the Australian Consumer Law, in an action brought by the ACCC.

The Court declared that the two companies engaged in conduct liable to mislead the public in promotions for the Onavo Protect app, by failing to adequately disclose that users’ data would be used for purposes other than providing Onavo Protect, including Meta’s commercial purposes.

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