Belgium Ordered Facebook to Stop Tracking Non-MembersAdded: Friday, November 13th, 2015
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Facebook was given 2 days to stop tracking users who are not members of the social network, otherwise the court said it would fine it up to €250,000 per day. The social network said it would appeal against the court order, which was issued after a case initiated by the local privacy watchdog saying Facebook indiscriminately tracks people when they visit its pages or click “like” or “share”, even if they are not registered members.
The court ordered Facebook to stop tracking and registering Internet usage by Belgian users in the 48 hours, otherwise the company must pay a fine of €250,000 per day to the Belgian Privacy Commission.
This move is the latest legal setback for the social network in the region. Last month, the top court of the European Union ruled that the EU-US “safe harbor” deal allowing firms to transfer Europeans’ personal information to the US was “invalid”, because it failed to properly protect the information from spy agencies.
The Belgian court found that the social network used a special “cookie”, which lodged on your device if you visited one of the Facebook pages, like the one belonging to a friend – even if you weren’t signed up to the service. Such a cookie would remain on your device for up to 2 years and allowed the network to consult it whenever you paid further visits to Facebook pages, or to any page where you could like or recommend via a Facebook link.
However, this is considered to be personal data, which the network can only use if you expressly give your consent, according to Belgian privacy law. In response, the company said the cookie was safe and they had used it for over 5 years to keep the social network secure for 1.5 billion people worldwide. The company is going to appeal the court decision and try to minimize any disruption to people’s access to the network in Belgium.
Friday, November 13th, 2015
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