Facebook tramples on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodges questions from national regulators, Belgium’s privacy watchdog said on Friday.
Belgium’s Privacy Protection Commission (CPVP/CBPL), which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, launched the blistering attack after trying to find out more about the U.S. tech giant’s practices.
It urged Internet users to install privacy software to shield themselves from Facebook’s tracking systems, whether they have an account with the social network or not.
The show of strength from the Belgian regulator, which does not have the power to levy fines, highlights a growing willingness across the 28-member bloc to ensure big U.S. tech companies abide by European laws.
“Facebook tramples on European and Belgian privacy laws”, the Commission said in a statement on Friday after analyzing changes the company made to its privacy policies in January.
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