Belgian privacy watchdog takes Facebook to court
Belgium's privacy watchdog has begun legal action against Facebook, accusing the social network site of tracking its users across the web and even monitoring the activities of those without an account.
The independent Privacy Commission, which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, accused Facebook last month of trampling on European privacy laws after trying to find out more about the US social media giant's practices.
The court will convene on Thursday to seek an immediate order banning Facebook from monitoring non-users in particular, which it may do via plug-ins or cookies.
Facebook says it is subject only to law in Ireland, the site of its European headquarters, although some European Union members have accused Dublin of being soft on multinational firms.