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German State Dislikes Facebook - Bans "Likes"

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Stating that Facebook is not compliant with EU data protection standards, the German state of Schleswig-Holstein has banned use of Facebook by their state institutions and ordered to remove "like" buttons from their sites or face fines.

From [URL="http://mashable.com/2011/08/19/germany-like-button/"]Mashable[/URL]: "Schleswig-Holsteinís data-protection commissioner, Thilo Wechert, says that an analysis from his office shows that [URL="http://mashable.com/category/facebook"]Facebook[/URL] builds profiles of both users and non-users with data collected by the Like button, reports the [URL="http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=14340468"]Associated Press[/URL]. If true, this would violate German and European data protection laws."

In a [URL="https://www.datenschutzzentrum.de/presse/20110819-facebook.htm"]statement[/URL], from the German state, they encouraged people not to click like buttons so that they would not be profiled.

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