PARIS, Feb 10, 2016:

Facebook has three months to stop tracking France.

France’s data protection watchdog CNIL has ordered Facebook to stop tracking non-users without consent and also transferring data to the US. If Facebook does not comply, the social network could face fines, according to the Daily News.

The order comes after an October ruling from the European Union that invalidated a longstanding trans-Atlantic data transfer agreement, known as the Safe Harbour Act.

The act was ruled as illegal on the grounds that the US did not have adequate privacy protections.

“Facebook transfers personal data to the United States on the basis of Safe Harbour, although the Court of Justice of the European Union declared invalid such transfers in its ruling of October 6, 2015,” the French CNIL said in a statement.

However, Facebook said its data transfers are in accordance with the European law.

“Protecting the privacy of the people who use Facebook is at the heart of everything we do,” a Facebook spokeswoman told Reuters. “We … look forward to engaging with the CNIL to respond to their concerns.”

CNIL claims Facebook tracks non-users by placing cookies on their browser without them knowing, and is asking for the company to inform the users of their activity.


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