from the you-are-the-product dept.
Belgium's Privacy Protection Commission says that Facebook tramples on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodges questions from national regulators. They have issued a set of recommendations for both Facebook, website owners and end users. Net-Security reports: "The recommendations are based on the results of an extensive analysis (67 page PDF) of Facebook's revised policies and terms which were rolled out on January 30, 2015. The analysis were conducted by the inter-university research center EMSOC/SPION, which concluded that the company is acting in violation of European law because Facebook places too much burden on its users to protect their privacy, and then doesn't offer simple tools and settings to do so, and sets up some problematic default settings. They also don't provide adequate information for users to make informed choices.
I'll assume that once TPP is in effect. Facebook will sue the Belgium government.
[2nd Editor's comment: Belgium shouldn't be affected by any trans-pacific agreements - unless Belgium has significantly changed its borders while no-one was looking. Perhaps kaszz meant the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership]