Facebook ‘Like’ button declared illegal in Germany!

The data protection centre of the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, said the social network’s application allowing internet users to express their appreciation of something online, illegally cobbled together a profile of their web habits.

Saying this contravened both German and EU privacy laws, it’s been demanded that websites in Schleswig-Holstein remove the ‘like’ button from their offerings by the end of September or face a fine of up to €50,000.

Facebook rejected the claim and said in a statement that the website’s social plug-ins were in compliance with European data protection laws. The company admitted the ‘like’ button could pass on information such as user IP addresses, but said the data was deleted after 90 days as per industry standard.

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