Belgian Privacy Watchdog Takes Facebook to Court Over “Flagrant and Massive” Privacy Law Violations
After threats, Belgium’s Commission for the Protection of Privacy is effectively taking Facebook to local court to argue that the American social networking giant isn’t in compliance with Belgian privacy legislation, newspaper De Morgen reported yesterday (in Dutch).
The matter will be brought before a Brussels judge for the first time this Thursday, in a first for a European privacy watchdog targeting Facebook.
At issue is how Facebook tracks people on external websites through the use of “like” and “share” buttons, gleaning data that could be used for targeted advertising and other purposes.
The Commission has on multiple occasions indicated that communication with Facebook on this topic was difficult and at times even non-existent, and now it also argues that the social networking juggernaut has failed to provide an adequate response to its specific objections.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.