Belgian Court Throws Out Regulator's Facebook Tracking Ban

Law360, New York (June 29, 2016, 11:00 PM EDT) -- A Brussels appeals court on Wednesday rebuffed the Belgian data protection authority's attempt to halt Facebook from tracking the online activities of nonusers, ruling that the regulator doesn't have jurisdiction over the social media site's European operations.

In a summary of its decision, the Brussels Appeals Court said that it had sided with Facebook in the company's challenge to a ruling handed down by a lower court in November that ordered it to stop collecting and storing data on internet users who are not members of the site and threatened a daily fine of €250,000 ($277,000).

The appellate court held that...

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