- 12 Jun 2020 11:20 AM
- Hungary Around the Clock
The GVH fined Facebook Ft 1.2 billion last December, because the company advertised its services as free although it had realised a profit on selling data about users, who were unaware of this.
Facebook thereby misled consumers about the compensation they actually provide to the company, the GVH argued.
The GVH fined Booking,com Ft 2.5 billion in April after finding that its sales policy was too aggressive. Offering free cancellation of bookings was sometimes misleading and Booking.com put users under psychological pressure by presenting data on other consumers looking for the same accommodation, the GVH said.
Speaking to economic news website Növekedés in an interview, Rigó said “everyone knows that Facebook is ‘free’, meaning that you do not have to pay for using it, so the GVH’s decision was a bit surprising”.
Most people are unaware of the value of their data as they do not see how industries have been built to exploit that data and what money they are making on it, he remarked.
The GVH’s aims with these decisions was to make consumers understand the business model on which a platform or application operates, he said.