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Facebook must stop tracking non-users in Belgium, or else

Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
November 9, 2015
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If you thought Facebook was already in hot water for its web tracking, you haven't seen anything yet. A Belgian court has given Facebook 48 hours to stop violating the country's privacy law by following non-users with a web cookie. If it doesn't, it risks fines of up to €250,000 ($269,000) per day -- it can't exactly afford to take its time. Facebook is appealing the decision and tells the BBC the cookie is needed to "keep Facebook secure," but we wouldn't count on Belgium's sympathy when it's worried about safeguarding its residents.

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