After privacy ruling, Facebook now requires Belgium users to log in to view pages

3 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After privacy ruling, Facebook now requires Belgium users to log in to view pages.

In response to a privacy ruling, Belgian Facebook users must now sign in to see any content. The social network is responding to an order from a Belgian court, which said Facebook needed to stop monitoring the activity of people who do not have accounts on the site as part of an ongoing trial. The change means that if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can’t view Belgian Facebook pages — including public profiles like those of local businesses.

A study commissioned by the Belgian Privacy Commission (BPC) reported in March that Facebook had been monitoring users accounts through cookies, without their permission. In the US, Facebook can place cookies like these without asking for permission, but in Europe, companies must get user permission to plant tracking software. In October, an EU ruling invalidated a 15-year-old agreement between European countries and American companies about the transfer of personal information to US data centers.

Since the Belgian ruling relies on European law — not just Belgian law — other European countries could similarly contest Facebook’s tracking software as well.

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