Facebook victorious in Belgian privacy spat

Facebook victorious in Belgian privacy spat

A Belgian appeals court has overturned an earlier ruling that said Facebook must stop tracking users in the country or face a $277,000 daily fine. 

The Belgium Privacy Commission announced Thursday that the case had been thrown out because the social media network’s European servers are in Ireland, not Belgium. 

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At issue is Facebook’s practice of storing "datr" cookies on devices without users' consent. The cookies are small files that allow the social media giant to track browser activity.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision and look forward to bringing all our services back online for people in Belgium,” a Facebook representative told Reuters.