Belgian court orders Facebook to stop tracking non-members

Judge threatens social network with fines of €250,000 a day over ‘datr’ cookie, which records visits to many websites whether or not user has Facebook account.

A Belgian court on Monday gave Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking internet users who do not have accounts with the social network or risk fines of up to €250,000 a day.

Facebook said it would appeal against the order, which followed a case lodged by Belgium’s privacy watchdog in June saying the US company indiscriminately tracks internet users when they visit pages on the site or click “like” or “share”, even if they are not members.

Country: Belgium

Domains: Privacy

Stakeholder: Judicial

Tags: social networks, EU, data protection, privacy policy, human rights, Internet, tracking, privacy

Posted on Tuesday 10 November 2015

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