A Belgian court ordered Facebook to stop collecting data on its users
The collection of information continues even when we leave Facebook, which therefore risks up to a 100 million euro fine

A court in Belgium has ordered Facebook to stop collecting data on its users when they are on sites other than Facebook, and has requested that all data of Belgian citizens collected in these circumstances be destroyed. The ruling states that Facebook's data collection violates the privacy law of the European Union and if Facebook does not comply with the decision it risks daily fines of 250,000 euros up to a maximum total of 100 million euros. The decision came at the end of a trial started in 2015 at the initiative of the Belgian Privacy Commissioner (CPP) and overturned an appeal ruling in June 2016 that had given reason to Facebook.

Facebook uses different systems to track its users once they leave their site - cookies, for example - and is able to follow and collect data on people who visit his site even without being members. Data collection is mainly for commercial purposes - for example, information is used to distribute advertising with greater capillarity - but according to the judges who dealt with the case, Facebook does not adequately inform users about the data it collects and is not sufficiently transparent about the purposes data collection and on the duration of their conservation. Facebook has defended itself against the accusations saying that all the sites on which data collection takes place are required to inform their users.

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