View attachment 36312 Belgium is suing Facebook over its "flagrant" tracking of user data. The Belgian Privacy Commission, which is working with Dutch, French, German, and Spanish authorities, last month accused Facebook of breaching European privacy laws. "We asked them what they would do with our recommendations," committee chairman Willem Debeuckelaere said in a translated statement to DeMorgen. "They replied that they do not accept the Belgian law and the authority of the Belgian Privacy Commission, and that it all rests on a misunderstanding. "For us that was the signal to go to court," he said. "The behavior of Facebook can not be tolerated." The social network will face its accuser on Thursday, when Belgium's privacy watchdog is hoping for an immediate ban on Facebook tracking. "We want a judge to impose our recommendations," Debeuckelaere told the Belgian newspaper, as reported by The Guardian. "These recommendations are chiefly aimed at protecting Internet users who are not Facebook members." Facebook did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment. A spokesman, however, told The Guardian that the company is "surprised and disappointed" that, after agreeing to meet on Friday, June 19 to discuss last month's recommendations, "they took the theatrical action of bringing Facebook Belgium to court on the day beforehand." "Although we are confident that there is no merit to the [Belgium privacy commission]'s case, we remain happy to work with them in an effort to resolve their concerns, through a dialogue with us at Facebook Ireland and with our regulator, the Irish data protection commissioner," the spokesman said. In April, Facebook admitted to secretly tracking non-members who visited third-party sites with an embedded "Like" button. But it wasn't a conscious move, the company said, blaming a "bug" that was quickly fixed. But the Commission didn't buy it, and on May 13, presented its concerns and recommendations to Facebook, asking that the social media site be more transparent. The instructions, according to the Belgian group, focused on Facebook itself, as well as websites that use social plug-ins and users who want to protect themselves from tracking.