It looks like Facebook might be headed for some legal trouble in Belgium. A judge has ordered that the social media giant stop tracking internet users that don't have Facebook accounts because they do not have the consent to take information from them. The court then warned that if they do not stop tracking the information in 48 hours, they would have to pay up to $269,000 a day that they do not comply.
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The company said that they are going to file an appeal, according to Venture Beat.
Belgium has a very strict privacy watchdog group that went up against Facebook, alleging that they were tracking internet users when the visited the page on the network and clicked on something, even if they weren't one of the 1.55 billion monthly users. While the courts weren't clear just how many people that actually affected, it had to have been a significant number.
If you are signed up for an account, they can still track you.
The judge in the case ruled that the information that was collected by Facebook was “personal data, which Facebook can only use if the Internet user expressly gives their consent, as Belgian privacy law dictates.”
Facebook said in its defense that the tracking of people isn't new and that it is the same cookie they have been using for five years “to keep Facebook secure for 1.5 billion people around the world.”
Facebook isn't the first company to come into data problems in Europe - just last month Google faced some backlash due to a data transfer deal that they deemed invalid.