Facebook ordered to stop tracking signed-out users without consent

After a bad news Monday for Facebook from Indian Telecom Authority, which rejected their internet.org service due to net neutrality concerns, the California based tech giant has been asked by French data regulator authority to stop tracking users who aren't signed in the account.

In an order published last month, the Commission de I'Informatique at des Libert├ęs (CNIL) said in their report that the social media company tracks the browsing activity after people visit a publicly viewable page from the site even if they don't have a Facebook account, and sets cookies that relay more information when these users visit other websites that embed Facebook plugins for share and like button.

CNIL has given three months to Facebook for making the necessary changes, if it satisfies the authority it will not issue any sanctions against the site.

While Facebook is confident that they'll comply the local laws and address the concerns, "Protecting the privacy of the people who use Facebook is at the heart of everything we do. We are confident that we comply with European Data Protection law and look forward to engaging with the CNIL to respond to their concerns," says a spokeswoman of Facebook Sally Aldous to Bloomberg.

Facebook has been into similar trouble last year in Belgium, when the court of the country asked them to stop tracking Belgian users who aren't signed in or risked a fine of $270,000 for everyday that it violated the said order.

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About Mohammed Rizwan

An Electronics Engineer by education, a part-time blogger by passion. He loves everything about technology, hence he writes about it. Interest includes Technology, Startups and Mobile Applications.
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