Facebook ‘tramples’ on privacy law by illegally tracking internet users without consent

Sunday, May 31, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Sunday, May 31, 2015

A privacy watchdog organization from Belgium has accused Facebook of “trampling” on European privacy laws because the social media giant tracks users online without their consent.

The Privacy Protection Commission (PPC), which is currently working with French, Spanish, German, and Dutch counterparts, has also accused Facebook officials of dodging questions from national regulators.

As reported by Reuters, the PPC launched its allegations after attempting to obtain more information regarding the social media corporation’s overall practices. The organization is urging web surfers to install privacy software on their computers in order to shield themselves from Facebook’s tracking systems, even if they don’t have an account with the California-based media company.

Reuters further reported:

The show of strength from the Belgian regulator, which does not have the power to levy fines, highlights a growing willingness across the 28-member bloc to demand that big U.S. tech companies abide by European laws.

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