[Rushtalk] Belgium court orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users

Carl Spitzer lynux at keepandbeararms.com
Sat Nov 14 12:13:41 MST 2015


Belgium court orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users
Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 1:08 PM ET by William Helbling 
©  WikiMedia (Marcus Quigmire from Florida, USA)
[JURIST] Belgium's Court of First Instance on Monday ordered Facebook to
cease all tracking of users within the country who have not signed up
for the social networking platform. The court has given Facebook 48
hours [BBC report] to stop tracking unregistered users. The Belgian
Privacy Commission [official website], which brought the case [JURIST
report] in June, welcomed [press release, in Dutch] Monday's ruling.
Last May the commission released a report [text, PDF] illustrating the
numerous ways the social networking giant has violated Belgium's privacy
act. If Facebook does not comply, the company faces fines of up to
€250,000 each day, which will go to the Belgian Privacy Commission.
Facebook has stated that it plans to appeal the decision and claims it
has not illegally used a cookie to track user traffic on the website. 

In October the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled [JURIST report]
that EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies,
including Facebook, is not sufficiently protected. In March 92
non-governmental organizations from around the world issued a statement
[JURIST report] calling on the UN Human Rights Council to institute a
Special Rapporteur on Privacy. Also in June the District Court of The
Hague struck down [JURIST report] a Dutch data retention law, holding
that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens.


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