Facebook Breaks Privacy Laws, Faces Fine Up to $125 Million
A Belgian court found Facebook guilty of breaching Belgium’s privacy laws. Belgium’s Privacy Commission, the country’s privacy watchdog group, brought the case against Facebook.
The Privacy Commission claimed that information about how Facebook gathers and uses data is unclear and incomplete. Facebook uses “social plug-ins”, cookies and transparent pixels to track users internet activities, even if they don’t have Facebook accounts.
The company will need to cease its practice of tracking people on the internet without consent to avoid fines. Facebook “will be fined 250,000 euros a day or up to 100 million euros if it does not comply with the court’s judgement,” according to Reuters.