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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