Germany Sues E-Commerce Sites for Sharing Data with Facebook

Germany’s consumer watchdog has sued two e-commerce companies for using the “Like” button on their websites because, the Wall Street Journal reports, the sites didn’t warn visitors that their personal data would be shared with Facebook. The state-backed Consumer Advice Center of North Rhine-Westphalia alleged that the transfer of user data infringed German privacy laws because visitors to the sites were not told that their personal information was being sent to Facebook.

The news follows months of intense scrutiny of Facebook’s data practices across much of Europe, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, and Spain, where regulators are concerned about the amount of data Facebook gobbles up.

You can read the full story by Friedrich Geiger in the Wall Street Journal’s Digits Blog at http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/05/22/facebook-like-button-lands-german-sites-in-hot-water.

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