Facebook was planning to release a new feature on application , the "Dating" function. However, it was forced to withdraw its official release date in Europe because it failed to provide its lead data controller. EU previously required information about it and secondly because it failed to demonstrate that "Dating" would respect and protect the privacy and privacy of users of the application.
In particular, Ireland's Independent.ie reported that Irish Data Protection Committee (DPC) had sent agents to Facebook's Dublin offices, who inspected and confiscated documents referred to in section 130 of the country's data protection law, seeking evidence that Facebook had not previously made available.
According to DPC, Facebook talked about the launch of the "Dating" feature in the EU on February 3.
Impression and concern, however, was caused by the fact that Facebook did not provide any information about the impact of the new Data Protection Impact Assessment (PDIA) and the decision-making processes that Facebook Ireland followed. Facebook announced its plan to get into the Dating "game" in May 2018, taking from tinder the idea of creating a non-friends feature on his social network and presenting it at the F8 developer conference. It also attempted to release the new feature in Colombia. Since then it has gradually added more countries to South America and Asia. It also launched the "Dating" release in the US shortly after the FTC imposed a $ 5 billion fine for historic errors in privacy.
Facebook also said that the "Dating" feature would have been released in Europe by early 2020, without taking into account EU privacy rules. DPC also confirmed that its representatives visited the Facebook office at Dublin on 10 February to conduct an inspection and to collect relevant documents. DPC Communications Officer Graham Doyle confirmed that they are reviewing all the documents collected during the inspection and that they have put further questions on Facebook in this case, awaiting an answer. The documents contained a DPIA procedure that Facebook did not send to DPC on February 3, which raised a number of questions.
So DPC is going to ask Facebook when it did DPIA. A Facebook spokesman said it was very important for Facebook to start "Dating" properly, so it took a little longer to make sure the feature was ready to go on the European market. He also noted that the Facebook staff worked carefully to safeguard users' privacy and assess the impact of data processing. The DPC asked FaceBook why it didn't provide the necessary information in advance, instead of asking the regulator to send agents to FaceBook offices to gather them, claiming it was "very important" to start "right". The regulator could ask Facebook to make changes to the way "Dating" works in Europe if it is not made clear that it is in compliance with EU law. A delay can mean many things.
Although a DPIA (a process for evaluating the intended processing of personal data to take account of the impact on human rights and freedoms) is a requirement under the GDPR when, for example, a large-scale profile or sensitive data is processed .
Finally, the release of a Dating feature on a platform such as FaceBook, which has millions of users, requires even more careful evaluation before being released to the market.