Belgium takes Facebook to court

FacebookPlucky little Belgium has become the first to take Facebook to task and is looking for an immediate legal curb on its activities.

The Belgian data regulator, who is cooperating with other EU countries, signalled its intention to sue Facebook earlier this month.

But now, according to the Commission for the Protection of Privacy (CPP), it will haul the social networking giant into court and wants an immediate ban on monitoring people who aren’t actually Facebook members.

Facebook maintains, against all the probabilities, that it only has to obey Irish law but it would say that, given Ireland’s soft stance on privacy and the tax breaks it gives American multinationals.

According to Reuters, Facebook is “surprised and disappointed” that it’s being taken to court.

Earlier this week, the European Union announced plans for a programme across the community which would give individuals far more rights than they have at present.