Facebook wins two Big Brother Awards in Belgium on hold




Facebook has become the big “winner” of the Belgian Big Brother-election in 2016. The social network was both the audience award and the jury award. The annual awards are highlighted serious privacy violators.

The theme of the Belgian Big Brother 2016 was’ The Devil is in the Default “. Facebook was nominated by European Digital Rights. According to Joe McNamee, president of the civil rights organization, was due the nomination to the default settings of the social network. That would be at odds with the privacy of users: “It is impossible to understand what you give privacy when using Facebook.”

Facebook was regularly under fire in recent years in Belgium because of privacy concerns. The Privacy Commission demanded last year a penalty against Facebook of 250,000 euros per day because of the collection and processing of user data without explicit consent. The judge asked the watchdog initially the same , but the Court of Appeal pointed out that ruling in June this year.

Another nominee was the data retention 2.0 , which is applicable in Belgium from July 28, 2016. The law obliged to keep providers and telecommunications carriers communication data and provide on request to the judiciary or the State Security Intelligence. A third nomination concerned the banking sector under the title No cash, no privacy? Because of the disappearance of cash: at electronic payments leaves traces on each financial transaction, where banks, businesses and governments would like to have.

Finally, was the subject Hear, see and be silent about criminal investigations? On the nomination list submitted by the Flemish Association of Journalists. The union opposes the plan of politicians, including Justice Minister Koen Geens CD & V, certain information about ongoing criminal investigations no longer be provided to journalists.

The Belgian Big Brother Awards organized by the League for Human Rights . Were issued a total of 1452 votes.


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