Facebook has been ordered to stop tracking people without consent, by a court in Belgium.
The company has been told to delete all the data it had gathered on people who did not use Facebook. The court ruled the data was gathered illegally.
Belgium’s privacy watchdog said the website had broken privacy laws by placing tracking code – known as cookies – on third-party websites.
Facebook said it would appeal against the ruling.
The social network faces fines of 250,000 euros (£221,000, $311,000) a day if it does not comply.
The court said Facebook must “stop following and recording internet use by people surfing in Belgium, until it complies with Belgian privacy laws”.
“Facebook must also destroy all personal data obtained illegally.”
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SOURCE: BBC News