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

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Sat Nov 14 15:56:58 MST 2015


         Non-users cannot log on, so how is it 
even possible to track them? Jose Rojas is an IT 
guy and could give us a cogent answer, but he's not on here anymore. - jaq




At 02:13 PM 11/14/2015, Carl Spitzer wrote:


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>Belgium court orders Facebook to stop tracking non-users
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>Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 1:08 PM ET by 
><http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/11/belgium-court-orders-facebook-to-stop-tracking-non-users.php#>William 
>Helbling
>facebook
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>© 
><https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Facebook_%285319003750%29.jpg>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 
><http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34765937>48 
>hours [BBC report] to stop tracking unregistered 
>users. The 
><https://www.privacycommission.be/>Belgian 
>Privacy Commission [official website], which 
><http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/06/belgium-privacy-commission-sues-facebook-for-user-tracking.php>brought 
>the case [JURIST report] in June, 
><https://www.privacycommission.be/nl/nieuws/het-vonnis-de-zaak-facebook>welcomed 
>[press release, in Dutch] Monday's ruling. Last 
>May the commission released a 
><https://www.privacycommission.be/sites/privacycommission/files/documents/recommendation_04_2015_0.pdf>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.
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>In October the European Court of Justice (ECJ) 
><http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/10/eu-court-rules-transfer-of-user-data-violates-privacy-laws.php>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 
><http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/03/ngos-call-for-establishment-of-un-special-rapporteur-on-privacy.php>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 
><http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/03/dutch-court-holds-data-retention-law-violates-privacy.php>struck 
>down [JURIST report] a Dutch data retention law, 
>holding that it violates privacy rights of EU citizens.
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