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Facebook argues for its right to track non-users with 'datr' cookie

November 12, 2015 Facebook argues for its right to track non-users with 'datr' cookie

Facebook will appeal a Belgian court's ruling that the social media giant must cease tracking the online behavior of non-Facebook users or pay fines of 250,000 ($269,000) per day.

Belgium's privacy agency, Commission de Protection de la Vie Privée (CPVP), sued Facebook in June when researchers hired by the commission discovered the ‘Datr' cookie, technology created by Facebook that tracks the browser activity of anyone who visits Facebook's website or clicks a ‘like' button. The cookie tracks users' online activity, whether they have a Facebook account, for a two-year period.

The Brussels court said Facebook can only use personal data “if the Internet user expressly gives their consent, as Belgian privacy law dictates.”

Facebook has argued that the 'datr' cookie is necessary to protect the security of its users. Facebook CSO Alex Stamo wrote in a blog post last month that the datr cookie...(continued)

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