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German court doesn’t like the ‘like’ button

A German court has ruled against an online shopping site's use of Facebook's “like" button “dealing a further legal blow to the world's biggest social network in Germany”, reports Reuters. “The Dusseldorf district court said that retailer Peek & Cloppenburg failed to obtain proper consent before transmitting its users' computer identities to Facebook, violating Germany's data protection law and giving the retailer a commercial advantage.” The court found in favour 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. http://reut.rs/24QGUxN

  • Monday, 21 March 2016

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