Facebook will have to radically change its privacy policies in Europe, or start paying 250,000 euros a day in fines. The Dutch-speaking Court of first instance has given 48 hours to the social network to execute its decision.
The ruling comes after the Belgian Commission for Privacy Protection had accused the company to violate several laws on personal data. Among the elements underpined by the Commission, the "Dart" cookie that would end-up on users’ computers if they visit any page on the facebook.com domain, including fan pages or other pages regardeless if those users have a facebook account or not.
EU privacy law states that prior consent must be given before issuing a cookie or performing tracking, unless it is necessary for either the networking required to connect to the service or to deliver a service specifically requested by the user.