1. Post #1
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    FACEBOOK'S famous "Like" button has been declared illegal under Germany's strict privacy laws by data protection officials.

    The north Germany state of Schleswig-Holstein demanded that dozens of websites that carry the button linking to the social networking site remove the offending item by the end of September or face a fine of up to 50,000 ($US71,935), The Local reported today.

    Thilo Weichert, of the state's data protection center, said the application allowed Facebook to illegally piece together a profile of web users' habits.

    "Facebook can trace every click on a website, how long I'm on it, what I'm interested in," he said.

    Palo Alto, California-based Facebook rejected Mr Weichart's claim and said that the plug-ins were in full compliance with European laws.
    http://www.news.com.au/technology/fa...-1226118750544
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  2. Post #2
    #420 PRAISE IT
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    What.
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  3. Post #3
    Hup, 2, 3, 4
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    October 2009
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    Oh Germany
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  4. Post #4
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    snip
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  5. Post #5
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    February 2009
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    NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN
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  6. Post #6
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    Dennab
    June 2009
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    I don't get it, first of all yeah they can make out peoples habits, but isn't that the reason why people like specific things, to show others?

    And what is the problem with that?
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  7. Post #7
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    news.com has a recommend button. Sneaky sneaky.
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  8. Post #8
    DERAILER OF THREADS DESTROYER OF IDIOTS
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    February 2009
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    I thought the point of "liking" something was to show everyone what you're interested in and your habits...
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  9. Post #9
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    May 2009
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    Oh lawd finally.
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  10. Post #10
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    Holy fuck what? So you can't like anything in Germany now, and if you do, you face a fine of €50,000?

    Woah.
    No, websites that have a like-button will face a fine of €50,000.

  11. Post #11
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    February 2011
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    No, websites that have a like-button will face a fine of €50,000.
    Yeah that's what I meant, must've worded that badly.
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  12. Post #12
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    October 2009
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    This is brilliant. A country actually taking a stand for web privacy and user rights.
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  13. Post #13
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    there is a simple solution to this

    don't click the button
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  14. Post #14
    Starpluck? More like StarFUCK!!
    Starpluck's Avatar
    September 2008
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    What about German 'like' pages?

    Edited:

    Like Crytek
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  15. Post #15
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    this is silly
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  16. Post #16
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    And then Germany understands nothing about the Internet

    ...Again.

    I support privacy on the internet, but when you click 'Like', you're intending to let other people know you like it. It's not supposed to be private in any way.
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  17. Post #17
    Pass along
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    It's not about german websites, but websites under german jurisdiction, aka that are hosted there.

    And germany had for some time already several laws about privacy.

    Edited:

    And then Germany understands nothing about the Internet

    ...Again.

    I support privacy on the internet, but when you click 'Like', you're intending to let other people know you like it. It's not supposed to be private in any way.
    Even if you are not on Facebook, an IFrame on a website allows Facebook to track what you are doing, wether you want to like said page or not.
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  18. Post #18
    funion is gay
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    When they put a "Like" button there, they expect you to know that you're gonna show that you liked the page to all of your friends. It's doesn't have anything to do with invading your privacy.

  19. Post #19
    Jsm
    "Belgium is pretty much a non-country"
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    I don't get it, first of all yeah they can make out peoples habits, but isn't that the reason why people like specific things, to show others?

    And what is the problem with that?
    It tracks you visiting the page even if you don't like it.
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  20. Post #20
    Being Nice to people gave me this shitty title
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    Plattack likes this.
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    I like this joke, its very funny.
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  22. Post #22
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    When they put a "Like" button there, they expect you to know that you're gonna show that you liked the page to all of your friends. It's doesn't have anything to do with invading your privacy.
    The frame that the like button is in can track everything you do, even if you don't click it.
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  23. Post #23
    Jsm
    "Belgium is pretty much a non-country"
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    The frame that the like button is in can track everything you do, even if you don't click it.
    Which is kinda the whole purpose of it, people don't seem to get this.
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  24. Post #24
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    Dennab
    March 2009
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    Looks like Germany is going back to fascism.
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  25. Post #25
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    Dennab
    August 2009
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    A couple of pixels...ILLEGAL!

    I just liked a friend's status...
    FICK DIE POLIZEI
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  26. Post #26
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    This will probably be turned into one of those hitler sences from the movie "downfall"
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  27. Post #27
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    We should get rid of Schleswig-Holstein, nothing good comes from there anyway.
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  28. Post #28
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    June 2005
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    Looks like Germany is going back to fascism.
    You live in America. You wouldn't know what it's like to have your government look out for your privacy.
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  29. Post #29
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    *snip*
    Edited:
    Even if you are not on Facebook, an IFrame on a website allows Facebook to track what you are doing, wether you want to like said page or not.
    You cannot access the contents of a iframe's parent. However, commander is right in that facebook will know your IP and what api-key was used when you visit the page (but not referrer information from the parent page).
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  30. Post #30
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    WUNDERBAR.

  31. Post #31
    Looks like Germany is going back to fascism.

    this is an unlawful post as declared by the city of pittsburgh chief police.
    immediately disperse.
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  32. Post #32
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    Putting the law into good use.

  33. Post #33
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    Dennab
    June 2009
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    Looks like Germany is going back to fascism.
    The whole thought behind this, though the action seems wierd, is for the liberty of people.
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  34. Post #34
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    Dennab
    June 2009
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    That's fucking retarded, when I like something, it means I want people to know I like it and it also changes the little advertisements on the side according to what I like, which is really really useful as both an advertiser and a consumer.

  35. Post #35
    Jsm
    "Belgium is pretty much a non-country"
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    That's fucking retarded, when I like something, it means I want people to know I like it and it also changes the little advertisements on the side according to what I like, which is really really useful as both an advertiser and a consumer.
    It tracks you if you don't like something. Its how the entire system is designed to work, liking something is just a public notification that you have been on the site. Facebook still track that you have been to that site and use it to build up a picture of you.
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  36. Post #36
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    Dennab
    June 2009
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    It tracks you if you don't like something. Its how the entire system is designed to work, liking something is just a public notification that you have been on the site. Facebook still track that you have been to that site and use it to build up a picture of you.
    Oh I see. Yeah, that is pretty bad.
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  37. Post #37
    Jsm
    "Belgium is pretty much a non-country"
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    Oh I see. Yeah, that is pretty bad.
    It works in the same way that Google does it with ads, but they don't try to hide it. Its quite clear that an ad tracks what you do.

  38. Post #38
    We're made of star-stuff
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    It works in the same way that Google does it with ads, but they don't try to hide it. Its quite clear that an ad tracks what you do.
    Google also has a webpage where you can go and check what it's figured out about you and remove stuff you don't want there.
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  39. Post #39
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    They track which sites you have visited with a facebook like button. And probably use it to add specific types of advertisements to your profile page. AKA, target you for specific ads which is probably illegal in Germany. I support this as Germany is the first country to actually do something about user privacy.

  40. Post #40
    Jsm
    "Belgium is pretty much a non-country"
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    Google also has a webpage where you can go and check what it's figured out about you and remove stuff you don't want there.
    And you can opt out really easily, to opt out of facebook's tracking you have to basically block facebook from your PC.

    Edited:

    They track which sites you have visited with a facebook like button. And probably use it to add specific types of advertisements to your profile page. AKA, target you for specific ads which is probably illegal in Germany. I support this as Germany is the first country to actually do something about user privacy.
    It might be related to the EU law regarding third party cookies. It is technically illegal for a site in the EU to set non site crucial cookies now.