BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Companies that, with the inclusion of Facebook’s “Like” button on their website, so that users ‘ personal information may be transferred to the U.S. the social network may be responsible for the collection of the data, the eu’s top court said on Tuesday.
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Web site plug-ins are a common feature in online retail companies looking to promote their products on the most popular social networks, but critics fear that the transfer of information may constitute a breach of the privacy laws.
The ruling by the Luxembourg-based Court of justice of the court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) came after a German consumer body charged with the German online fashion retailer, Fashion, ID, for violations of the personal data protection regulations through the use of a button on the web site.
A German court has sought guidance. COURT, judges said on websites, and Facebook all share a common responsibility.
Under the EU’s data privacy rules, the data controller decides why personal data are to be collected, processed and used, and how, as a data processor and will only process personal data on behalf of the controller, and it is usually a third-party company.
“The operator of a website that has a Facebook ‘Like’ button on a controller in conjunction with Facebook, in respect of the collection and pass them on to Facebook, the personal information of the visitors to its web site,” the judges said.
The German retailer is benefiting from a commercial advantage, as with the ‘Like’ button to all of its products to become more visible on Facebook, the court said, but she noted the company is not liable for any how to Facebook, then the data will be processed.
Facebook said in the statement that throws clarity on the issue.
“We are carefully reviewing the decision of the trial court and will work very closely with our partners to make sure that they will be able to continue to take advantage of the social plug-ins, and other business tools to be in full compliance with the law, Jack Gilbert, Facebook’s associate general counsel, said in a statement.
The decision was in line with its strict privacy laws, adopted by the 28-nation bloc last year, said Nils Rauer partner at law firm Pinsent Masons.
“The court was right in determining whether to Fashion ID’s and had an interest in a joint venture with Facebook, by the way, by embedding the “Like” Button,” Rauer said: how to add plug-ins will continue to be a popular way of derogation from the decision.
“Well, personally, I don’t think that companies are turning away from the integration of the ‘Like’ button is due to the decision. Presumably, they will have to pay more attention to the integration process, by means of the obtain of any special data privacy,” Rauer said.
In the case of C 40/17-Mode-ID.
Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by David Holmes