Facebook is certainly not short of cash, but even they wouldn’t enjoy paying a fine of up to $269,000 a day. However, that’s exactly what the social network is facing this week thanks to a ruling by a Belgian court over tracking users.
BRUSSELS — Facebook faces a steep daily fine here after a Belgian court ruled Monday it must stop storing data from people who don’t have a Facebook account.
The social network will be fined $269,000 a day if it doesn’t adhere to the ruling within 48 hours, the court said in an e-mail statement. A privacy watchdog group here had sued Facebook for not complying with local privacy laws, leading to the court decision.
The court objected specifically to “cookie” technology that lets Facebook lodge on a person’s Internet device for up to two years after they visit a Facebook page — whether or not they are a member of Facebook.
Willem Debeuckelaere, president of the Belgian commission, in May called Facebook’s practice “disrespectful” of consumers.
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