Belgian Privacy Commission: Facebook violates the law




Facebook violates users’ privacy by without authorization to obtain personal data, thinks the Belgian Privacy Commission. According to the organization violates Facebook both Belgian and European law.

That is a recommendation that has been online put . The Privacy Commission, the Belgian equivalent of the Data Protection Authority, has in recent months investigated the practices of Facebook. The organization points out that Facebook in ‘tracking and tracing’ of personal data occurs without having to ask permission from the user. In addition, for example, cookies are placed without permission. Also, Facebook users follow through websites that use plug-ins, such as the like button, something which incidentally has long been known.

The Privacy Commission has contacted Facebook to get clarification on the policy of the site. However, the responses obtained were below par: some questions were not answered and findings were ignored or dismissed as bugs, the committee said. Facebook also said that it does not have to adhere to Belgian law, as the company’s headquarters is located in Ireland. The Privacy Commission, in its recommendation that the Belgian and European law is indeed applicable.

The recommendation includes that Facebook needs to be more transparent about the data it collects and unambiguous permission should be sought. In addition, the Privacy Commission that non-Facebook users are no longer placed a tracking cookie. Through the report it is possible that Facebook eventually fined by the Belgian authorities, the Commission closes legal action because no matter if the policy is not changed.

The investigation was initiated in response to the introduction of the latest user requirements on Facebook on 30 January. On that created uproar, already had decided that the lyrics are written differently. The social-networking site, however, is under fire for years when it comes to privacy for its users, but also criticized for tracking non-users.


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