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    Privacy Commission against Facebook again

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    The privacy commission launched a new charge against Facebook on Tuesday to denounce the use made of the personal data of Internet users by the company. Five European privacy gendarmes created a contact group relating to Facebook when the social network changed its policy a few years ago.

    In Belgium, a case has been brought to court for privacy violations and electronic communications laws. The Privacy Commission was dismissed in summary proceedings last year but the case is still pending. The pleadings should take place on 12 and 13 October.

    On Tuesday, the court unveiled a new recommendation in response to the latest changes in the policies of the social network regarding cookies and how the company uses personal data. “We have noticed that Facebook is making more and more extensive use of this data, regardless of whether it belongs to users or not and this is occurring without having received any valid authorisation or having complied with the legal regulations.”

    Data collection by the Internet giant is outrageous, criticizes the Commission, which launched an additional survey on the pixel system that Facebook has made available to site operators since August. This device collects information about the behavior of users without them realising it, contrary to what happens when using the “Like” button.

    In the Netherlands, the social network stopped making use of data based on the sexual orientation of its users to target its advertisements following an investigation by the privacy authority.

    Its French counterpart, the CNIL, has imposed a fine of 150,000 euros on the company for several offences. The court gave Facebook three months to comply with its injunctions, but the social network got an extra delay and no improvements have yet been made.

    Sarah Johansson
    The Brussels Times