Facebook may not track surfing habits by non-users

Facebook may not track surfing habits by non-users


A Belgian Court bans the social network to collect data from non-members. Failure to comply threatens a fine of 250,000 euros per day.


A Belgian Court has banned the world’s largest online network Facebook, to collect data from non-members. If Facebook respond within a period of 48 hours, a fine of 250,000 euros per day will be due, a court in Brussels. Personal data should be recorded by Internet users in Belgium clear consent of the persons concerned.


The dispute involves a small file the controversial years identity cookie “datr” -, the Facebook in a Web browser of the user stores. Collects some information about the behavior of users on pages with the “like”-button. The Belgian Privacy Commission wants to have to ban the use of this “datr” cookies.


A thorn in the side is you that also non-members get installed the cookie when you visit the Facebook site. The privacy advocates upset also that remains the “datr” cookie for two years on the computer when a user deactivates his Facebook account. The authority had the social network accused in June’s record also the surfing habits of Internet users who search on Facebook pages for information, without being a member.


Facebook repeatedly rejected the criticism. Security Chief Alex Stamos recently argued the “datr” cookie help to filter out false profiles and prevent cyber-attacks. When hundreds of pages about a Web browser within five minutes, it was a clear sign that the computer had been hijacked by online criminals. The data that collect the cookie, would be attributed to individual persons and could not also be brought with them in conjunction.

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