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22 September, 2015

Facebook spies people just like NSA

Facebook is spying on people in 'the very same way' that the US’s National Security Agency (NSA) does, said the Belgian data protection watchdog at a court hearing where the social network stands accused of violating the privacy of internet users.”

The Belgian watchdog has filed a lawsuit against the social network, accusing it of breaching EU law and violating the privacy rights of internet users. The BPC [Belgian privacy commission] issued a report in March, arguing that Facebook tracked everyone, even users who had logged-out and people who don’t even have a Facebook account at all, via the use of cookies and the ‘like’ or ‘share’ buttons which can be found on more than 13 million websites worldwide.”

This is possible, the report claimed, because the cookies are automatically installed on the computers of internet users each time they visit a page containing a Facebook plug-in, such as the ‘like’ button. According to EU law, websites must ask for a user’s permission before installing any cookies. This is why Facebook’s policy is considered to in 'violation of the European law' by the BPC.”

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