Facebook wins privacy case

tay
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In a somewhat unexpected twist, Facebook has won a legal battle against Belgium's data protection authority, which had sought to prevent Facebook from tracking non-Facebook (or not-logged-into-Facebook) users, both on the Facebook website itself but also via the company's Like and Share buttons that can be found in even the darkest depths of the known universe.

"Today's decision simply and purely means that the Belgian citizen cannot obtain the protection of his private life through the courts and tribunals when it concerns foreign actors," the CPP said in a statement (external - login to view). The CPP also said that it may launch an appeal to the Belgian Court of Cassation—the court of last resort—which in the past had overruled cases that involved foreign company jurisdiction.

Back in November 2015, a lower court ruled in favour of the CPP and ordered Facebook to quit tracking people (external - login to view) who don't have a Facebook account or who aren't currently logged into the service. If Facebook didn't comply, it faced fines of up to €250,000 per day. Suffice it to say, the company complied (external - login to view): in December, Facebook said that it had stopped tracking Belgian visitors who were not logged in.

Facebook wins privacy case, can track any Belgian it wants | Ars Technica (external - login to view)
 
Johnnny
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So basically Facebook is the new NSA/Big Brother... Perfect...
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnnyView Post

So basically Facebook is the new NSA/Big Brother... Perfect...

Absolutely perfect. Unless you don't understand the difference between a corporation and a government.
 
Johnnny
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Quote: Originally Posted by TecumsehsbonesView Post

Absolutely perfect. Unless you don't understand the difference between a corporation and a government.

Still the same end result
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnnyView Post

Still the same end result

And you just removed any question. You don't.
 
Kreskin
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Glad the Belgian Court ruled in favor of Facebook.
 
Johnnny
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Quote: Originally Posted by KreskinView Post

Glad the Belgian Court ruled in favor of Facebook.

Why? If one doesn't have Facebook then why must that person still need to be tracked by Facebook?
 
Kreskin
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Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnnyView Post

Why? If one doesn't have Facebook then why must that person still need to be tracked by Facebook?

Are you suggesting that cookies be outlawed?
 
Johnnny
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Quote: Originally Posted by KreskinView Post

Are you suggesting that cookies be outlawed?

No but if I don't use Facebook then why do I need Facebook cookies on my computer?
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnnyView Post

Why? If one doesn't have Facebook then why must that person still need to be tracked by Facebook?

They can only be tracked if they are visiting facebook or reading something on facebook. Same as google does right now when you watch a youtube video. Or anybody does when you visit one of their sites.
 
Kreskin
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You have cookies from all sorts of websites on your computer. Delete them if you don't want them.
 
Johnnny
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Ah ok that's not a big deal then. I'm over it
 
taxslave
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SO don't use facebook and they can't/won't track you. Big deal.
 
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