A German State Bans Facebook ‘Likes’ For Your Privacy

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.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 24 august 2011

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.

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