One of Facebook’s most developed features is the ‘Like’ button, it’s used on many websites including our own and now we have some news that there’s one nation that has gone against it. That’s right; the ultra cautious Germans have opted to ban the Facebook button… Dislike!
You might be wondering if you really did just read that and yes you did, Germany has banned the Facebook Like button and it’s all because they have a few security concerns. Of course, this isn’t the first time that there have been questions raised about the security of Facebook, the last time we heard about security concerns they involved the facial recognition functionality that they were implementing.
We learned of this news through an article by Rue Liu on Slashgear where we are informed that the German government has declared the Facebook ‘Like’ button illegal. Apparently the Facebook Like button is being seen as a violation of the country’s strict privacy laws. An official from the German state of Schelswig-Holstein data protection center named Thilo Weichert says that the Like button has the ability to track people’s movement across the web, which of course would violate the data protection laws not only in Germany but across Europe!
According to Venturebeat.com, all German websites must remove the button by September 30th otherwise they face the possibility of a fine of up to 50,000 Euros. Facebook has rejected the claims and stated that any such web activity in relation to unique IP address is deleted after the industry standard 90-day period. We are left wondering if this is simply the Germans being ultra cautious or if there’s perhaps a bit more to it…
What do you all think about this? Do you think Facebook is storing and using data from the Like button? I wonder what the hacker group Anonymous would make of that. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.