Recent news reported that France requires less Facebook tracking for French Non-Users.
The French data protection (CNIL) representatives gave Facebook a formal notice stating that non-users from the country should no longer be tracked. The social network was asked to make the necessary changes within three months. Moreover, French officials declared that Facebook will face sanctions if the company doesn’t meet the required actions.
The CNIL noted Facebook gathered private data about its users including their sexual orientation, political beliefs as well as religious status without any consent. The information was sent to the U.S. under the Safe Harbor law, which is no longer available.
It was estimated that approximately 30 million French citizens are Facebook users. The CNIL claimed that the social network did not provide users options which would allow them to keep their accounts safe. In addition, the French organization stated:
“the company does not inform Internet users that it sets a cookie on their terminal when they visit a Facebook public page. This cookie transmits to Facebook information relating to third-party websites offering Facebook plug-ins that are visited by Internet users.”
Last year, the Belgian data protection agency discovered that Facebook had been recording the web activity of all page visitors. The agency also claimed people without a Facebook account were monitored as well. Tracking settings are enabled on users’ devices every time they access a Facebook domain.
The social company kept track of any visitor who entered a page with a ‘Like’ button that was enabled even if the user didn’t press it. Moreover, Facebook continued to enable cookies on users’ computer despite they didn’t requested such options.
Data protection authorities from 28 EU countries will make a revision of the replacement of Safe Harbour to see if it protects the private information of European citizens. If Facebook respects the CNIL’s decision and keeps less tracking for French non-users this will give visitors the privacy they are entitled to. According to the recent news Facebook might face a lot of legal problems this year.
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