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Wednesday March 09, 2016

German Court Rules Against Use Of Facebook "Like" Button

A district court in Germany has ruled that an online retailer failed to obtain proper consent from visitors to its site before transmitting their personal information to Facebook. The punishment? $275,000 or one of its managers has to go to jail for six months. Germany don't mess around. wink

The court found in favor of the North Rhine-Westphalia Consumer Association, which had complained that Peek & Cloppenburg's Fashion ID website had grabbed user data and sent it to Facebook before shoppers had decided whether to click on the "like" button or not. "A mere link to a data protection statement at the foot of the website does not constitute an indication that data are being or are about to be processed," the court said.