A German State Bans Facebook ‘Likes’ For Your Privacy

In the interest of protecting privacy among its internet users, the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has imposed a €50,000 fine on state websites that use Facebook and ‘Like’ buttons on their sites after September of this year.

The German state of Schleswig-Holstein has banned state institutions from using Facebook pages and using ‘Like’ buttons on their websites. According to Thilo Weichert, data protection commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein, Facebook builds profiles of both users and non-users with data collected by the ‘Like’ button, which in turn violates German and European data protection laws.

Weichert also explains that if someone hits the ‘Like’ button even when not signed into Facebook, his or her IP address will be sent back to Facebook and to the servers of Google+, comment systems, and ads of all types.

From the press release:

The ULD (Unabhängige Landeszentrum für Datenschutz, or Independent Center for Privacy Protection) expects all website operators in Schleswig-Holstein to immediately…disable the appropriate services. If this is not done after September 2011, the ULD will take further measures…The maximum fine for violations is 50,000 euros.

Schleswig-Holstein Press Release

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