Belgian court rules Facebook violates privacy and should stop tracking users

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A Belgian court today ruled that Facebook should stop tracking Belgian internet users. The social network is no longer allowed to track anyone that uses the internet from Belgium. A Belgian privacy organisation sued Facebook violating the privacy of Belgian internet users.

In other words, Facebook is saying that they’re just doing what everyone else does. Although that is technically true, it’s hardly an excuse. Facebook is also saying users can “disable” this surveillance. That is not really true, since Facebook doesn’t give users any meaningful way to opt-out (although technologically-minded users can use firewalls, ad blockers, host files, etc. if they want to, but many people don’t know how to do this).