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[CNET] Facebook's 'Like' button illegal in German state

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A German state would very much like for its residents to keep their fingers--and other assorted pointers or cursors--away from Facebook's "Like" button.

The state of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered all government offices to remove the button from their Web presence and shut down any Facebook "fan" pages, on the grounds that these things violate German and European data privacy laws. A release from the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection in the German state claims that information collected from German users' "liking" and other activities is sent back to the United States where Facebook uses it to create a profile, all of which runs afoul of Germany's uberstrict privacy laws.
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All right, that's enough with the smilies. Also yet another reminder NOT to use white text. I shouldn't have to keep doing it...
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post #4 of 31
misleading title.

They are mad that All the data "Liking" stuff creates is sent straight back to the states.
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I just think they don't want official offices making a presence on Facebook.
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Iv'e had enough of these childish patents Sue me Apple! I'll give you a thumb when you knock on my door
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I can see this, so much random hidden data is collected from stuff like this and if privacy is a major concern this would be one of the first things I would get rid of.
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It's not about patents, it's about personal data. Germany is very serious about such things.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kleingetier View Post
It's not about patents, it's about personal data. Germany is very serious about such things.
*Goes and find some German facebook profiles* And starts likeing every status XD
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I never "liked" the "Like" button anyways. It scares me that a social networking site is literally on everything, everywhere.
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