The independent Data Protection Commissioner of Schleswig Holstein, Thilo Weichert, has initiated proceedings against public authorities and companies in Schleswig Holstein who use Facebook's Like-Button on their websites or who operate a Facebook fanpage. The main point of criticism regarding the Facebook Like-Button is that it is directly loaded from the Facebook site, which enables Facebook to track the internet user by their IP address or a previously set cookie, even if they have not clicked the button. As regards the Facebook fanpage, the data protection authority says it violates data protection laws (in particular, sec. 15 of the German Telemedia Act) as Facebook collects user data to generate web statistics without enabling the user to object to this procedure. Therefore, it would generally not be possible to use a Facebook fan page in a privacy compliant way. By using the Like-Button or creating a fanpage on Facebook, the website or … Continue Reading ››