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Facebook Ordered To Stop Tracking Non-Registered Users In France

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
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Facebook has been locked in a battle with European regulators over security concerns for years, but now France’s data protection authority, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL),  has ordered the social media monolith to stop tracking non-registered users within the next three months or possibly face fines. 

Currently, if non-Facebook users visit a public page on the site, Facebook puts cookies on the user’s browser that gives the company information about the other sites they visit which have Facebook options for sharing that content, The Next Web reported. 

Non-registered users weren’t the only concern for the CNIL. The authority was also concerned about the privacy of registered users - Facebook saves information on users’ political and religious views, as well as their sexual orientation. Facebook also allegedly transfers data back to the United States with the now-illegal Safe Harbor laws and the deadline has passed for Facebook to find legal means to transmit information across the Atlantic Ocean, Reuters reported.

Facebook has refuted the claims that they use Safe Harbor to transfer data, Tech Crunch reported.

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Facebook hasn’t explicitly said what they will do for France’s 30 million registered users. "Protecting the privacy of the people who use Facebook is at the heart of everything we do. We ... look forward to engaging with the CNIL to respond to their concerns,” a spokeswoman said.

Sources: The Next Web, Reuters, Tech Crunch Image via Robert Scoble/Flickr

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