Facebook ordered to stop tracking non-users
by Lisa Vaas – 4 Dec. 2015
Facebook is now blocking Belgians if they haven’t signed in.
Those Belgians who don’t have a Facebook account are now unable to view Belgian Facebook pages at all, even public profiles such as those for local businesses.
The change was forced on Facebook when a Belgian court ruling last month ordered the social network to either face fines or stop tracking people who browse the site when they’re not signed in.
Those were stiff fines: at the time of the ruling, Facebook was given 48 hours to comply, lest it face fines of up to €250,000 EUR ($267,000 USD) a day.
According to the BBC, Facebook expected to receive an order this week and plans to contest it.
In the meantime, it’s complying: cookies will no longer be set for non-users, and visitors to the site must have accounts to access content.