The data protection authority (DPA) for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has ordered businesses within that region to "shut down their fan pages on Facebook and remove social plug-ins such as the 'like'-button from their websites." The DPA conducted an analysis of the data collection activities using these features and concluded that such activities violate German and European privacy laws. "By using the Facebook service[,] traffic and content data are transferred into the USA and a qualified feedback is sent back to the website owner concerning the web page usage, the so called web analytics." According to the DPA, Facebook builds personal profiles of Facebook users and "such profiling infringes German and European data protection law." The DPA is asking businesses to deactivate these features by the end of September 2011. An English copy of the DPA's order is available here.
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German privacy agency seeks to ban Facebook "like" feature on business sites
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