Last year, a Belgian court ruled that Facebook would have to stop tracking Belgian internet users and delete the data it’s already gathered on them, or face fines of about $280,000 a day. “Belgium’s data-protection regulators have targeted the company since at least 2015 when a court ordered it to stop storing non-users’ personal data,” Mercury News reported at the time. Facebook is now fighting the Belgian court’s decision, and will go “face to face with the Belgian data protection authority in a Brussels appeals court for a two-day hearing starting on Wednesday,” reports Bloomberg. From the report: Armed with new powers since the introduction of stronger European Union data protection rules, Belgium’s privacy watchdog argues Facebook “still violates the fundamental rights of millions of residents of Belgium.” The Brussels Court of First Instance in February 2018 ruled that Facebook doesn’t provide people with enough information about how and why it collects data on their web use, or what it does with the information. “Facebook then uses that information to profile your surfing behavior and uses that profile to show you targeted advertising, such as advertising about products and services from commercial companies, messages from political parties, etc,” the Belgian regulator said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.
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