“Google, Facebook, and other internet companies can continue to disregard Do Not Track requests from consumers, without intervention from the US Federal Communications Commission.
The US regulator has dismissed a petition from rights group Consumer Watchdog, calling on it to require ‘edge providers’ such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix, and LinkedIn “to honor ‘Do Not Track’ Requests from consumers”.
Browser settings can be configured to signal to websites the user doesn’t want to be tracked, for example, by Facebook or online ad networks. A small number of companies, including Twitter, have agreed to accept the requests but most do not given the conflict with business models that rely on harvesting personal data.”
“A court has given Facebook 48 hours to stop tracking people in Belgium who are not members of its social network.
Facebook says it will appeal against the decision and that the order relates to a cookie it has used for five years.
The cookie is installed when an internet user visits a Facebook page even if they are not members.
However, the Belgian court said that the company was obliged to obtain consent to collect the information being gathered.
“The judge ruled that this is personal data, which Facebook can only use if the internet user expressly gives their consent, as Belgian privacy law dictates,” it said in a statement.
If Facebook fails to comply, it could face a fine of up to 250,000 euros (£180,000) per day.”
Looks like the the privacy gap between the U.S. and Europe is ever widening. Should be interesting to see how this evolves as time goes on. Who will blink first?