Saturday, 2 July 2016

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THE BELGIUM PRIVACY COMMISSION has failed in its attempt to force Facebook to stop tracking non-users of the site after an appeals court ruled in the social network's favour. 

Belgian authorities ordered Facebook in November to stop tracking the online behaviour of people who are not signed up to the service through something called a data cookie, threatening the firm with a €250,000 daily fine if it failed to do so. 

Facebook, clearly not a fan of parting with its ad revenues, agreed to end the privacy-unaware practice, but is also appealing against the ruling saying that it undermined the website’s security and that it discards any data collected within 10 days. 

The social network also pointed out that its headquarters are in Ireland, which is the argument that saw the Brussels Appeals Court dismiss the Belgian Privacy Commission’s case on Wednesday, saying that it has no jurisdiction over Facebook.

The Belgian regulator said that it will look into launching a final appeal with the Court of Cassation, which can throw out previous judgments but not deliver new ones.

"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 regulator said in a statement.

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