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France gives Facebook 3 months to stop snooping on non-users’ browsing history

US-based tech giant Facebook has three months to comply with the French privacy watchdog’s demands and stop collecting data on people who don’t have accounts with the social network.

France’s Commission Nationale de L’Informatique et des Libertés (National Commission of Information and Freedoms, CNIL) found illegal Facebook’s current data protection policy which allows it to track browsing activity of non-registered users without their consent or knowledge, the regulator reported in a statement.

The crackdown, which came a day before European Data Protection Day, is explained by “the seriousness of the violations and the number of individuals concerned by the Facebook service.”

The social network follows internet users across all the sites they enter after they have visited a publicly shared Facebook page, the CNIL said.

Facebook installs cookies on computers that provide it with more personal information whenever a person visits a website that uses Facebook plugins.

The data obtained is then used for marketing purposes, which violates users’ right to privacy, according to the statement.

The French investigators also noted that Facebook is still using the Safe Harbor system to transfer personal data of French users to the US, even though the instrument was declared illegal by the European Court of Justice in October, 2015.

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