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By Mauro Orru

A group representing more than 80 media outlets in Spain filed a lawsuit against Meta Platforms, saying the Facebook and Instagram owner hadn’t complied with European data-protection laws that require users’ consent before their data are used for advertising profiling.

The Asociacion de Medios de Informacion said Monday that it was seeking more than 550 million euros ($598.6 million) from Meta, citing the “massive” and “systematic” use of personal data by the group’s platforms without users’ consent that handed Meta an “unfair” advantage in the advertising market.

AMI alleged Meta hadn’t complied with European data-protection regulations from May 25, 2018, until earlier this year. AMI represents some of Spain’s largest media publications, including El Mundo, El Pais, El Economista and Cinco Dias.

Meta didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Write to Mauro Orru at mauro.orru@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

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