Facebook can now track non-users in Belgium

A Belgian court has ruled that Facebook is allowed to track any internet user who interacts with their products in Belgium, even those who aren’t members of the social network.

The Belgian Commission for the Protection of Privacy (CPP) wanted to regulate Facebook’s access to the private information of Belgian citizens.

“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.

The CPP said that they may appeal this case at the highest levels.

In November, a lower-court ruled that Facebook violated the privacy laws by tracking Belgians who were not logged in to the social network.

“Today the judge… ordered the social network Facebook to stop tracking and registering Internet usage by people who surf the Internet in Belgium, in the 48 hours which follow this statement,” the¬†Belgian court said¬†according to AFP.

While this latest case is a win for Facebook, it is just the first hurdle for the internet giant in Europe.

In February, the European Union installed new privacy laws that are much stricter than what companies like Facebook have faced in the United States.

“The regulation returns control over citizens’ personal data to citizens,” Jan Philipp Albrecht, the EC’s lead legislator on the directives, said of the new rules. “Companies will not be allowed to divulge information that they have received for a particular purpose without the permission of the person concerned. Consumers will have to give their explicit consent to the use of their data.”


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