France Orders Facebook to Stop Tracking Non-Users

The agency, composed of five data protection authorities, is currently working on the national level.

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Facebook has been issued a notice by France’s data protection agency. (Photo: iStockPhoto)

The French data protection agency, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, has issued a public notice to Facebook ordering it to stop collecting data on internet users, especially of those who have no account in Facebook. In that notice, the social networking site was asked to comply with the French data protection act within three months.

Facebook currently holds information of about 30 million French users. The agency stated that the formal notice was made public due to the seriousness of the violations and the number of individuals concerned by the Facebook service.

Facebook transfers all personal data to the United States on the basis of Safe Harbor, although the Court of Justice of the European Union has declared such transfers as invalid in its ruling of 6 October 2015.

Data protection authorities from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Hamburg came together to form this body in March 2015, which is currently investigating the matter at the national as well as international level. For more read here.

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