Germany court rules against Facebook ‘like’ button
The Dusseldorf district court on Wednesday ruled against the use of Facebook’s “like” button on an online shopping site, Peek & Cloppenburg (P&C), stating that proper consent from customers is required before transmission of their identities to Facebook. The court found that P&C failed to observe appropriate standards for data transmission and violated Germany’s data protection laws giving the retailer a commercial advantage. In announcing its ruling, the court stated that “a mere link to a data protection statement at the foot of the website does not constitute an indication that data are being or are about to be processed.” The suit arose out of a complaint from North Rhine-Westphalia Consumer Association
[advocacy website, in German] which alleged that P&C’s Fashion ID website had transmitted user data before shoppers had decided whether to click on the “like” button. P&C faces a penalty of up to €250,000 (USD $275,400) or a six-month detention for a manager.
Facebook has faced numerous legal challenges across the globe. In January Germany’s Federal Court of Justice ruled that Facebook’s friend finder feature is unlawful . In November Belgium’s Court of First Instance ordered Facebook to cease all tracking of users within the country who have not signed up for the social networking platform. In October the European Court of Justice ruled that EU user data transferred to the US by various technology companies, including Facebook, is not sufficiently protected. In December 2014 Facebook failed to dismiss a lawsuit that claimed it scanned users’ private messages for the names of websites for targeted advertising purposes. In May 2014 an Iranian judge ordered Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court regarding allegation that certain Facebook apps violated user privacy