back to article Facebook 'violates Euro data law' say Belgian data cops' researchers

Facebook has reportedly been illegally tracking the web browsing habits of every visitor to its site, even if those visitors aren't account holders or have explicitly opted out of tracking when within the EU, according to a critical analysis by researchers at the University of Leuven and the Free University of Brussels. The …

  1. The BigYin
    Big Brother

    Protect yourself

    Run BetterPrivacy, NoScript etc. Also -

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Protect yourself

      Better still, don't use FB, don't go anywhere near it, mark as spam anything anyone ever sends you which is even remotely FB releated.

      If your friends need to contact you, they most likely have your email or phone number - and if they don't, then they probably aren't your friends.

      Rember kiddies, a FaceBook "friend" is NOT your friend just because they've "friended" you...

      1. Crisp Silver badge

        Re: "friended"


      2. A Non e-mouse Silver badge

        @A/C Re: Protect yourself

        One of the points of the report is that Facebook is tracking you even if you don't have a Facebook account and don't visit Facebook.Com. It's things like their "Like" buttons that are doing the dirty on you. Hence why you need browser plugins to suppress them.

      3. The BigYin

        Re: Protect yourself

        Doesn't matter, you are simply another "negative profile" unless you take active measures.

  2. Little Mouse

    "Facebook is acting in violation of European law"

    April Fool!!?

    I wish...

  3. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    More than an advertising network

    Both are leveraged to create a vast advertising network…

    If that's all it was I could almost live with it: there's some mileage in the argument properly targeted advertising is less intrusive. But the truth is Facebook, et al. are collecting far more data than is useful for advertising purposes. They're also using it for purposes other than advertising just not being so vocal about selling it to credit rating agencies, employment agencies, insurance companies. And, of course, the NSA can have a look at it whenever they want. It's entirely possible that we won't be offered jobs, refused insurance or credit because of what the networks believe to know about us. Even if they have safeguards in place against this, the data collected is of almost incalculable value in the wrong hands; whether that's the spooks or the crooks is probably just a matter of opinion.

  4. Financegozu

    Why im I not surprised?

    The only difference is: Before it was "If a service is free YOU are the product", now it is "Forget the service, your'e the product anyway"

  5. Christopher Lane

    Social Media in general...

    ...could be accused of breaking every law, including those of Nature and decency.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Social Media in general...

      where's the joke?

  6. Mystic Megabyte Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Of course!

    "and have offered to meet with them to explain why it is incorrect"

    Facebook already knows where they live :(

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Just try using the web without...

    downloading FB, Twit, Reddit, linkedin, embeds. May as well give give up using it.

    Google sucks up my data too but seems to keep it for its own nefarious purposes,which makes me far more happythan FB that will simply sell data onwards...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fukushima Facebook

    This toxic software company is looking more and more like a nuclear industrial accident.. the initial orgasmic IPO resulting in a mushroom cloud of paper money, then the at first barely noticeable but eventually impossible to ignore creeping influence into websites, societies, and business practices.

    It used to be that American technology companies were something to be admired.. now they're like the creepy looking jalopy playing rap music that breaks down in your neighborhood, eventually attracting criminals and second-order decay.

    There probably needs to be some sort of international agency to police these things to keep them from destroying technology companies that operate with integrity.

  9. JaitcH

    It is NOT a "factual inaccuracy" that ...

    API.FACEBOOK.COM as well as Twitter cookies are being tossed in by El Reg and their article pages.

    As the Chinese say: "Point a finger at someone and three point back at you".

  10. Teiwaz Silver badge

    Not that they care...

    All that'll result is a slap on the wrist and a measly fine.

    Same for all corporates.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    it is possible they will clean up their act

  12. Suburban Inmate

    If facetard isn't violating your data protection laws... You need better data protection laws.

    Additional: I cannot recommend the add-on Fluff Busting (FB) Purity enough!

  13. Andrew Meredith


    Excellent tool for blocking and managing cookies

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