Germany declares Facebook Like button illegal

Facebook Like Illegal

If you are in the north Germany state of Schleswig-Holstein and are using the Facebook Like button, you may be fined $US 74,935. The deadline for sites to remove the Facebook Like button is the end of September, or about 5 weeks from now.

Why? Because “Facebook can trace every click on a website, how long I’m on it, what I’m interested in”, and this is against the countries strict privacy laws. That’s pretty scary stuff when you’re concerned about privacy and you think about the information Facebook is gathering from there 600+ million users.

But some users say this is reducing their “freedom of speech” as people cannot express there interest in what they like or dislike.

Is this a step too far, or do you agree with the German officials?

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