Facebook wins privacy case, can now track any Belgian it wants

Facebook wins privacy case, can now track any Belgian it wants

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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.

The Brussels appeals court dismissed the case on Wednesday, saying that the Belgian CPP (Commission for the Protection of Privacy) had no jurisdiction over Facebook, which has its European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.

"We are pleased with the court’s decision and look forward to bringing all our services back online for people in Belgium," a Facebook spokesperson said.

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June 30, 2016 at 03:30AM