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Facebook stops tracking Belgian users without an account

Facebook has agreed to stop tracking Belgian visitors who do not have Facebook accounts, after the company was threatened with a fine of 250,000 euros per day if it didn’t stop doing so, reports Ars Technica. Users from Belgium will now need to log in or create an account to see public pages. The company undertook this measure after Belgium’s independent Privacy Commission took Facebook to court for failing to comply with its privacy laws. Previously, the Belgian Privacy Commission had issued a series of recommendations for Facebook, which asked the company to "refrain from systematically placing long-life and unique identifier cookies with non-users of Facebook," and "refrain from collecting and using the data of Facebook users by means of cookies and social plug-ins" unless it obtains an "unambiguous and specific consent through an opt-in." To comply with the order,…

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