Facebook postpones the launch in Europe of its dating application, after the Irish regulator conducted an inspection on Monday of the premises of the social network in Dublin (Ireland), announced on Thursday a spokesman for the American giant.
“We are taking a little longer to make sure the product is ready for the European market”said a Facebook spokesperson.
The American group wants to ensure that its new application does not pose a problem concerning the processing of personal data.
In a statement Wednesday evening, the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) said it conducted an inspection of the Facebook offices in Dublin on Monday and collected documents. A spokesperson for the DPC told AFP that this was its first inspection of this type targeting a large technology company since the European Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented in the EU in May 2018. ).
Irish CNIL “very concerned”
With Facebook's European headquarters in Ireland, the Irish regulator is responsible for enforcing the GDPR on behalf of the EU. The DPC explains that it was contacted by Facebook on its dating application project for the first time on Monday, February 3.
“We were very concerned that it was the first time that Facebook told us about it, since they intended to launch it (…) on February 13”, just before Valentine's Day, underlines the regulator.
The latter specifies that no information or documentation had been provided to him on February 3 on the respect of data protection, which led him to inspect the Irish offices of Facebook. The social network has already gradually launched this dating application on the American continent and in Southeast Asia in 2019.
The new feature already counts “Among the first online dating services”Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in late January, adding that he expected her to “Continues to grow”.