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

Tom Matiska tom.matiska at att.net
Sat Nov 14 19:52:01 MST 2015


We are way beyond saying "that horse left the barn"......  more like "what barn?".    Most understand that if you visit a motorcycle site, you will be targeted with motorcycle ads.   Now the same happens if you mention a bike trip in an email.  The internet biggies are mining everything for data...   Tom
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"John A. Quayle" <blueoval57 at verizon.net> wrote:

>At 09:29 PM 11/14/2015, Tom Matiska wrote:
>>Apparently they placed cookies on visitors who 
>>didn't have profiles, and tracked their web activity.
>
>         How could they find them?!?
>
>>  Lots of reporting on the issue.  Tom T-Mobile. 
>> America's First Nationwide 4G Network "Stephen 
>> A. Frye" <s.frye at verizon.net> wrote: >There is 
>> no way for Facebook to track someone who 
>> doesn’t log onto the site. > > > >From: 
>> rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com 
>> [mailto:rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com] On Behalf 
>> Of John A. Quayle >Sent: Saturday, November 14, 
>> 2015 2:57 PM >To: Rushtalk Discussion List; 
>> Rushtalk >Subject: Re: [Rushtalk] Belgium court 
>> orders Facebook to stop tracking 
>> non-users > > > >         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: > > > > > >  > > >Belgium court 
>> orders Facebook to stop tracking 
>> non-users > > > > >Tuesday 10 November 2015 at 
>> 1:08 PM ET by William Helbling 
>> <http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/11/belgium-court-orders-facebook-to-stop-tracking-non-users.php> 
>> facebook 
>> <http://test.jurist.org/images/wiki/15/11/facebook.jpg> 
>> ©  WikiMedia (Marcus Quigmire from Florida, 
>> USA) 
>> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Facebook_%285319003750%29.jpg> 
>> [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 
>> <http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34765937> 
>> [BBC report] to stop tracking unregistered 
>> users. The Belgian Privacy Commission 
>> <https://www.privacycommission.be/>  [official 
>> website], which brought the case 
>> <http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/06/belgium-privacy-commission-sues-facebook-for-user-tracking.php> 
>> [JURIST report] in June, welcomed 
>> <https://www.privacycommission.be/nl/nieuws/het-vonnis-de-zaak-facebook> 
>> [press release, in Dutch] Monday's ruling. Last 
>> May the commission released a report 
>> <https://www.privacycommission.be/sites/privacycommission/files/documents/recommendation_04_2015_0.pdf> 
>> [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 
>> <http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/10/eu-court-rules-transfer-of-user-data-violates-privacy-laws.php> 
>> [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 
>> <http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/03/ngos-call-for-establishment-of-un-special-rapporteur-on-privacy.php> 
>> [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 
>> <http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/03/dutch-court-holds-data-retention-law-violates-privacy.php> 
>> [JURIST report] a Dutch data retention law, 
>> holding that it violates privacy rights of EU 
>> citizens. > > >_________________________________ 
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